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Persian.ology: Cyrus Rising: King(s) of the Four Quarters

- Cyrus the Great (Kurush) entered the holy city of Babylon on 29 October 539 BCE and the world was never, ever the same. All the great ancient kingdoms of the Near East-other than Egypt-were now ruled by one king: Cyrus. A first. -A.J. Cave - 7/25/14

New Memo Analyzes Consequences of No Nuclear Deal with Iran

- Washington, DC - Failure to reach a nuclear deal with Iran will not lead to a continuation of the current status quo, but rather a deterioration of the situation with severe military, economic and security consequences. This is the conclusion of a new NIAC Policy Memo published today analyzing the consequences of a diplomatic failure between the U.S. and Iran. - 7/18/14

Campaign begins to restore major Tehran landmark

- A new campaign has been established by a group of Iranian cultural heritage and history aficionados to save Azadi Tower, a prominent landmark in the capital. - 7/18/14

Building in Persepolis vicinity halted for code violation

- A university building project in the Persepolis area has been halted by Cultural Heritage officials of Fars Province because it violates building regulations for that area and distorts the view of the ancient ruins. ISNA reports that last March, the Marvdasht Azad University announced that it would build a new complex near Persepolis, including a mosque. - 7/7/14

Iran's 5200-year-old Shahr-e Sukhteh (Burnt City) joins UNESCO World Heritage List

- The 5200-year-old Shahr-e Sukhteh (Burnt City) located in southeastern Iran was registered on UNESCO's World Heritage List on Sunday. The site was registered with no opposing vote during the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee - 6/23/14

Pembroke College Celebrates Official Openning Of Shahnama Centre for Persian Studies With $2M Endowment By Philanthropist Bita Daryabari

- On Saturday, May 24th, Global philanthropist Bita Daryabari and speakers from around the globe gathered to celebrate the official opening of the Shahnama Centre for Persian Studies at Pembroke College in Cambridge, England. - 6/12/14

Archaeologists plan to reconstruct ancient society of Burnt City in Iran

- An archaeological team, which will be led by Seyyed Mansur Sajjadi, plans to reconstruct the ancient society of the 5200-year-old Burnt City during the new excavation season at the site located in southeastern Iran. - 6/10/14

Historical sites of Iran attract international networks

- Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization (CHTHO) has issued licenses for 20 international networks to produce programs about the historical sites of Iran. - 6/5/14

Photos: 5000-year-old water system discovered in western Iran

- A 5000-year-old water system has been unearthed during the second season of a rescue excavation project at the Farash ancient historical site at the Seimareh Dam reservoir area in western Iran. - 6/4/14

French archaeologist Remy Boucharlat deported at Tehran airport

- TEHRAN -- French archaeologist Remy Boucharlat was deported at Tehran's Imam Khomeini International Airport on Monday, Persian media reported on Tuesday. So far, no comment has made by Iranian officials about the deportation of Boucharlat. - 5/23/14

Hollywood and its portrayal of the Immortals

- There are many historical incongruities that have pervaded this film (300: Rise of an Empire) and its predecessor 300, which was based on the 480 BCE, Battle of Thermopylae. However, one of the distortions which has been remained consistent throughout both of these motion pictures is that of the Immortal -John Trikeriotis - 5/5/14

UNESCO director-general, Iranian Foreign Minister open exhibition of historical maps

- UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif opened an exhibition of a collection of historical maps in Tehran on Saturday. Iranian officials and foreign diplomats also attended the opening ceremony of the "Maps from the Qajar Period" exhibition at the Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS). - 4/27/14

US Scholar's Planned Iranian Burial in Limbo

- The burial of a prominent American scholar who wanted to be laid to rest in the central Iranian city of Isfahan remains in limbo amid a backlash from a small but influential group of hard-liners. Richard Frye, a Harvard professor who dedicated his career to studying Iran's ancient culture and language, died last month in Boston at 94 and his body is waiting to be transferred to the land he loved. - 4/18/14

Iran seeking UNESCO recognition for historical wind towers

- Iran has applied to UNESCO to have its historical wind towers registered on the World Heritage List. The wind tower ("badgir", literally "wind catcher") is the traditional structure used for passive air-conditioning in historical Iranian architecture. - 4/11/14

Photos: Nasir al-Mulk Mosque (Pink Mosque) in Shiraz, Iran

- The Nasir al-Mulk Mosque or Pink Mosque is a traditional mosque in Shiraz, Iran. The mosque was built during the Qajar era, and is still in use under protection by Nasir al Mulk's Endowment Foundation. It was built by the order of Mirza Hasan Ali Nasir al Molk, one of the lords of the Qajar Dynasty, in 1876 and was finished in 1888. - 4/2/14

Uniting Iran and America in life and death: a tribute to Professor Richard N. Frye

- Many have tried to unite humanity through their life. Rare is the person who consciously seeks to bring unity through his/her death. Special is the human being who looks at death as yet another chance to bring humanity together. -Omid Safi, RNS - 3/31/14

Museum items can't be seized to pay Iran judgment

- The case targeting the Persian antiquities at the Field Museum of Natural History and the University of Chicago's Oriental Institute was closely watched nationwide by other museum officials, who feared a ruling against the Chicago museums could set an alarming precedent that might put their own collections at risk. AP - 3/29/14

How to Nowruz like a Persian

- The festival of spring came to mark the beginning of the New Year, preceded by Frawardigan-Night of All Souls-dedicated to the remembrance of the spirits of the dearly departed. Houses were cleaned and food and drinks were laid out for these spirits believed to come down to earth during this time of the year to visit their homes and families and receive blessings. -A.J. Cave - 3/25/14

Happy Nowruz and New Iranian Year

- Originating in Iran's ancient history, Nowruz is celebrated by more than 300 million people worldwide on March 21, the day of the spring Equinox, which marks the sun's crossing of the Equator and the start of spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Nowruz is as one of the oldest and most cherished festivities celebrated for at least 3,000 years. -Firouzeh Mirrazavi - 3/19/14

Photos: Sarbedaran Persian New Year Ritual Dance

- In the city of Sabzevar in northeastern Iran, an interesting traditional ritual is performed in the last days of the year before the new year (Norouz) arrives. In this ritual known as Sarbedaran, men move in a circle performing various moves with their hands and wooden sticks. This is similar to other rituals performed after harvesting crops when people would pray to God. - 3/19/14

Iranians Celebrate Chaharshanbeh Souri

- Similar to other years, Iranians all across the country celebrate the ancient Persian tradition of Last-Wednesday-of-the-Year Fireworks (Chaharshanbeh Souri) tonight as a prelude to Nowruz (the start of the new year). On the evening of Chaharshanbeh Souri, people make fires and jump over them. Chaharshanbeh Souri is an ancient Iranian fire festival dating back to at least 1700 BCE of the early Zoroastrian era. The festival marks the arrival of spring and revival of nature. - 3/18/14

Iran gives green light to film project on Cyrus the Great

- The Iran Cinema Organization has authorized a film project, which plans to spotlight the life of the founder of the Persian Empire Cyrus the Great, producer Ali Mo'allem said on Saturday. The application for permission to produce the project entitled "Cyrus the Great" was submitted to the organization two years ago, Mo'allem said in a press release. - 3/18/14

The Persian Empire Strikes Back

- Hollywood returns to the battlefield with'300 : Rise of an Empire' which made a big splash at this year's Comic Con. It's a sequel to the Swords and Sandals film adapted from Frank Miller's controversial comic book about an ancient feud which opposed a handful of Spartan warriors to the invading Persian Army at the Battle of Thermopylae in 480 B.C. -Darius Kadivar - 3/17/14

"300: Rise of an Empire" And Its Ahistorical Depiction Of Xerxes The Great And Queen Artemisia

- The historian Herodotus of Halicarnassus wrote in Book 7, Chapter 187 that: "Amongst all these immense numbers there was not a man who, for stature and noble bearing, was more worthy than Xerxes to wield so vast a power." Yet, the Warner Bros.' movies 300, and its followup 300: Rise of an Empire" which premiered last week, elected to characterize the Achaemenid king based on the eponymous Frank Miller comic book series. -John Trikeriotis - 3/16/14

The Iranian Genome Project Seeks Samples

- Dr. Pardis Sabeti MD/Ph.D., professor at Harvard University and MIT's Broad Institute, has had the opportunity to study the genetics of many different populations throughout her storied career. But one population missing from the genetics research done by Dr. Sabeti and others is her own - the Iranian population. - 3/13/14

"A Thousand Years of the Persian Book" Exhibition Opens at Library of Congress March 27

- An exhibition at the Library of Congress will explore the rich literary tradition of the Persian language over the last millennium, from illuminated manuscripts to contemporary publications. The exhibition will bring attention to the literary achievements of Iran and the greater Persian-speaking regions of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Central and South Asia and the Caucasus. - 3/13/14

Iran Heritage Foundation Curator for Persian Manuscripts at British Library

- British Library are seeking to appoint a Curator to work with the British Library's collections of Persian manuscripts. Building on work already completed during the previous two years, your main duties will be creating electronic records for both catalogued and uncatalogued material, and to further knowledge of the collections, working closely with the Persian curators, the Iran Heritage Foundation and the UK Higher Education Sector. - 3/13/14

Movie.ology: 300, and then we dance "the Persian"

- With the battle at Thermopylae (meaning Hot Gates) in 480 BCE Persian history became Hellenic (Greek) history, and when the (religious) war-weary Europeans pulling out of the crusading Middle Ages picked the ancient Hellenes and Romans as the pillars of the Western Civilization, Greek history became world history. -A.J. Cave - 3/10/14

Archive.ology: start with (clay) dinosaur bones, spice with love

- Once upon a time people used something called paper for writing all sorts of things, from love letters to secret sauce formulas to stockholder reports. It was when writing was just word-winding. They say some hyper competitive Silicon Valley companies (there was no other known kind) even went as far as hiring detectives to sort through paper trash of their competitors to patch together highly guarded business secrets. -A.J. Cave - 3/3/14

6th Annual Nowruz (Iranian New Year) Celebration at LACMA

- For the sixth year in a row, Farhang Foundation will celebrate Nowruz (Iranian New Year) at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) in what has become the foundation's signature event, drawing thousands of visitors to the museum in recent years. - 2/26/14

Ark(e)ology for a rainy day

- There is an art to writing the beginnings and the endings of stories. But these days most of us are inflicted with an extreme case of busyness, so we just scan the first few lines of a book and if it grabs our attention, we flip to the last page to see if we like how it ends, and if it measures up, we add it to our growing stack of "read someday" books, collecting dust and yellowing on a shelf somewhere. -A.J. Cave - 2/6/14

Dozens of Iran's historic buildings quietly lost protection

- The Mehr News Agency reports that 58 historic buildings have been removed from the National Heritage list in the past eight years by orders from the Court of Administrative Justice. The report accuses the former administration of remaining silent in the face of these losses. - 12/29/13

Photos: Bam Citadel, 10 Years After Quake

- Arg-e Bam (Bam citadel) was the largest adobe building in the world, located in Bam, a city in the Kerman Province of southeastern Iran. It is listed by UNESCO as part of the World Heritage Site "Bam and its Cultural Landscape." - 12/27/13

Iranian Oil Ministry to Rescue Persepolis

- At a time when Iran's cultural heritage is under dire stress, the Ministry of Oil has rushed to the rescue of Persepolis and the Bistun inscription. - 12/21/13

Yalda Festival (Shab e Cheleh)

- Yalda means birth and like other major Iranian celebrations is deeply rooted in Zoroastrianism, the pre-Islamic religion of Iran. Ancient Iranians celebrated seven obligatory feasts, six of them were known as gahanbar (appointed time) and the last was Norouz, the Iranian New Year. -Massoume Price - 12/12/13

Iran Claims To Thwart Azerbaijani Cultural Imperialism At UNESCO

- Host Azerbaijan walks away a winner from this week's UNESCO conference on "intangible cultural heritage," successfully enlisting "urgent" help to preserve an archaic form of polo played on short-legged Karabakh horses. -Andy Heil, RFE - 12/6/13

Azerbaijan concedes chogan is not an Azeri game: Iranian official

- CHTHO's Department for Registration of Natural, Historical and Intangible Heritage Director Farhad Nazari made the remarks on Tuesday after UNESCO registered chovqan (the Azeri word for chogan) as a traditional Karabakh horse-riding game for the Republic of Azerbaijan on its List of Intangible Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding - 12/5/13

One and Three Perfect Days with the Cyrus Cylinder

- We keep time by talking numbers. There are (fractions of) seconds and hours and days and months and years. A day is not exactly 24 hours long, and a year is a little more than 365 days. A good day is too short and a bad day stretches to infinity and beyond. -A.J. Cave - 12/2/13

From Yurts To Kimchi, Protecting The World's 'Intangible' Cultures

- UNESCO has offered protection for cultural entities for decades, most notably through its World Heritage List, which includes 981 properties -- from India's Taj Mahal to Australia's Great Barrier Reef -- deemed as having outstanding universal value. -Daisy Sindelar, RFE - 11/30/13

Photos: Archaeologists discover traces of BMAC in northeastern Iran

- Traces of an international culture that is similar to the BMAC - the Bactria-Margiana Archaeological Complex - have been discovered during an archaeological excavation in the prehistoric site of Chalo near the town of Sankhast in North Khorasan Province, Iran. - 11/18/13

Iranian American Identity and Cyrus the Great: Looking to the Past and Moving into the Future

- Washington, DC - The figure of Cyrus the Great looms large over Iran's history, but his role in defining the identity the Iranian diaspora is less explored. At the 2013 NIAC Leadership Conference, an expert panel discussed the issue the leadership model of Cyrus and its impact on Iranian identity for the past, present and future. - 11/14/13

Getty Villa's Popular Cyrus Cylinder Exhibition Extended until December 8

- Due to its popularity, the Getty Villa exhibition The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning, featuring one of the most celebrated discoveries from the ancient world, has been extended through Sunday, December 8. The Getty Villa will also continue its special Saturday evening hours until 9:00 p.m. through the extended run of the exhibition. - 11/13/13

Huge Achaemenid Site of Cyrus Era Unveiled Near Persepolis

- A joint team of Iranian and Italian archaeologists in a joint exploration has discovered a large site near Persepolis which belongs to the Achaemenid era. According to archaeologists, the building has probably been constructed at the time of Cyrus the Great. - 10/31/13

Photos: Historic Stony House Complex in Eshtehard, Iran

- Stony house complex including man-carved chambers inside the rocky structures. Settlers made this complex in pre-Islamic period by hand to protect themselves from cold and natural disasters. Eshtehard is a town a few miles southwest of Karaj in Alborz province, 50 kilometers west of Tehran. - 10/30/13

Iran opposes UNESCO plan to register polo for Azerbaijan

- Iran's Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) has stated that it is opposed to UNESCO's plan to register polo on its List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity exclusively from the Republic of Azerbaijan. - 10/23/13

Iran Heritage Foundation announces the appointment of Dr John Curtis OBE FBA as CEO of IHF and IHF America

- Dr Curtis joins Iran Heritage Foundation from the British Museum where he was Keeper of the Middle East Department until 2011 and is currently Keeper of Special Middle East Projects. - 10/20/13

U.S. Gift To The Iranian People A 'Fake'

- When Iran's President Hassan Rohani came home from his charm offensive in New York last month, he arrived bearing a "special gift" from the United States. But any resulting goodwill may be short-lived, with art experts now saying the 2,700-year-old Persian artifact that was returned to the Iranian people is a fake. -Frud Bezhan, RFE - 10/15/13

Cyrus Cylinder Goes West

- In 1851, the American John Babsone Lane Soule (1815-1891, the first Superintendent of Schools in Indiana) penned his famous line: "Go West, young man!" in an article in the Terre Haute-Indiana Daily Express. And while the iconic clay cylinder bearing the name of Cyrus the Great is hardly young (over 2,500 years old), after trekking through Washington D.C., Houston, and New York, it heeded Soule's imperative and headed out West. -A.J. Cave - 10/2/13

PAAIA And Library Of Congress To Celebrate Persian Language And Literature

- The Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) today announced that it will be sponsoring an exhibition showcasing the Persian language and Persian literature at the U.S. Library of Congress. This first-ever exhibition of its kind, One Thousand Years of the Persian Book, will open in March 2014. - 10/2/13

U.S. returns ancient artifact to Iran as token of friendship

- The United States has returned a 2,700 year-old Iranian artifact to the head of Iran's Cultural Heritage Department as a token of the budding friendship between the two countries. The chalice was delivered to Mahmmad Ali Najafi, the head of Iran's Cultural Heritage Department, who was part of President Hassan Rohani's retinue as he travelled to New York to attend the UN General Assembly. - 9/30/13

Documentary Film on Cyrus the Great's Capital City to be Aired on PBS

- Farhang Foundation will be sponsoring the premiere broadcast of Recreating Pasargadae: Cyrus the Great's Paradise, a documentary by award-winning filmmaker Farzin Rezaeian that explores the palaces and gardens of Pasargadae, the first capital of the Persian Empire, on PBS SoCal HD on Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 11 a.m. PST. - 9/27/13

EXHIBITION: Bozorgmehr Hosseinpur's cartoons disclose Qajar king's harem

- An exhibition of cartoons by Bozorgmehr Hosseinpur on women in the harem of the Qajar king Nasser ad-Din Shah (1831-1896) will open at Tehran's Silk Road Gallery on September 20. A collection of 14 cartoons inspired by photos from the Qajar era, will be on display at the exhibit until September 30. - 9/14/13

"Rehabilitation of Tabriz Bazaar" receives 2013 Aga Khan Award for Architecture

- The Tabriz Historic Bazaar Complex was officially protected in 1975 and has been covered by special stewardship measures until 2010, when it was added to the World Heritage List. Since 2000, numerous complexes within the bazaar have been rehabilitated with the participation of the owners and tenants. - 9/10/13

Who broke the Cyrus Cylinder?

- Just one look at the Cyrus Cylinder (normally on display at the British Museum, on tour in the United States during 2013), and it is obvious that the celebrated cylinder was badly broken at one point during its existence and pieced together, with roughly one-third of it missing. -A.J. Cave - 9/9/13

Photos: Tehran's Malek Museum and Library refurbished

- Malek Museum and Library has undergone refurbishing to better display its collection of thousands objects, which range from paintings, rare manuscript books, and calligraphy works to carpets, rugs, coins, and postage stamps. A group of journalists visited the museum and library on Tuesday by invitation of Managing Director Seyyed Mojtaba Hosseini. - 9/5/13

Photos: Sepahsalar Mosque and school in Tehran

- The Sepahsalar Mosque or Motahari Mosque is the largest Mosque in Tehran. With its distinctive eight minarets is an important Qajar era landmark. The Mosque was built through the largess of Nasser od-din Shah`s Grand Vizier, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Commander-in-Chief (Sepah Salar) Mirza Hossein Khan. - 9/4/13

Iran's Natural Heritage: A Catalyst Symposium to Spark Measurable Change

- A natural forest logged and reduced to scrub or a productive wetland reclaimed to arable land is as much a loss of heritage as a listed building reduced to rubble. We not only draw aesthetic sustenance from our natural heritage, it is the basic element from which we derive our food, raw materials and the very oxygen we breathe. - 8/27/13

'Heart' Of Iranian Identity Reimagined For A New Generation

- A thousand years ago, a Persian poet named Abolqasem Ferdowsi of Tous obtained a royal commission to put the ancient legends and myths of Iran into a book of verse. He called this epic Shahnameh, or "Epic of the Persian Kings." It took him more than three decades and comprises 60,000 couplets - twice the length of The Iliad and The Odyssey combined. -Jacki Lyden, NPR - 8/26/13

Cyrus Cylinder U.S. Tour Culminates At The Getty Villa This Fall

- On loan from the British Museum, The Cyrus Cylinder and Ancient Persia: A New Beginning will conclude its highly successful U.S. tour at the Getty Villa beginning October 2 and continuing through December 2, 2013. The tour began in the nation's capital at the Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and traveled to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, before its final showing in Los Angeles. - 8/22/13

Photos: Tepe Zagheh Early Urban Settlement In Qazvin, Iran

- Tepe Zagheh is located c. 60km south of Qazvin city and 140km west of Tehran in Qazvin plain on the Central Plateau of Iran. The site covers 210m x 145m (c. 4ha), with nearly 6m of occupation deposits. The chronology of the site is debated. Malek Shahmirzadi (1977) has argued that the lower phase of Zagheh corresponds to the Archaic Plateau period (Pottery Neolithic), earlier than 6000 BC... - 8/21/13

Tehran Exhibit Hangs Photos Of Last Qajar Crown Prince

- Iran Photo Museum, which also known as Axkhaneh Shahr, has showcased a collection of photos of the last Qajar crown prince, Mohammad-Hassan Mirza (1899-1943), at an exhibition. The collection comprises 36 photos, which have been taken by Yusef Khan, an Armenian photographer who lived in the northwestern Iranian city of Tabriz. - 8/15/13

Interview: Maestro Loris Tjeknavorian Talks About The King Cyrus Symphonic Suite

- Maestro Tjeknavorian composed the first version of the King Cyrus Symphonic suite in 1972 for the 2,500 anniversary celebration of the Iranian empire. It was performed in the presence of kings, queens and heads of state from across the world at the ancient Persian city of Persepolis. - 8/10/13

Study finds 1080 wars in Iranian history

- A team led by Iranian scholar Azizollah Alizadeh has recently completed research that shows Iranians have fought in 1080 wars with foreign countries over the past 2720 years ago. "The team composed of three experts spent four years studying wars in Iranian history" - 8/8/13

EXHIBITION: Cyrus Cylinder At The Asian Art Museum In San Francisco

- The Cyrus Cylinder is among the most revered objects to have survived from the ancient world. The Asian Art Museum is one of only five venues in the Cyrus Cylinder's historic U.S. tour. This is the first time the Cylinder has visited the United States. - 8/7/13

Panel Discussion at Asian Art Museum in San Francisco: The Cyrus Cylinder: Uses, Misuses, and Contemporary Iran

- One of the most iconic objects from the ancient world, the Cyrus Cylinder is widely considered a symbol of multiculturalism, tolerance, and human rights. Cyrus the Great, founder of the expansive Persian Achaemenid dynasty, had the Cylinder created to formally mark the establishment of Persian rule over Babylon in 539 BCE. - 8/7/13

Photos: The Iranian constitutional Revolution of 1905-1911

- The establishment of a constitutional regime in Persia was the chief objective of the Revolution of 1323-29/1905-11. Like any other major revolution, the Constitutional Revolution in Persia encompassed a broad spectrum of ideas and objectives, reflecting diverse intellectual trends, social backgrounds, and political demands. - 8/5/13

Book Release: Cyrus the Great An Ancient Iranian King

- Cyrus is among the most impressive characters in the ancient world. From the Old Testament to Xenophon's Cyropaedia, ancient texts have made him to an example of tolerance and just kingship. Hailing from a small principality in southwest Iran, he rapidly rose to power, creating a world empire. - 7/30/13

Catching up with the Cyrus Cylinder

- Following in the footsteps of the Cyrus Cylinder trekking through five museums in the United States, we have reached the mid-point in Manhattan. So let's pause for a commercial break and see how far this iconic object has come, as we eagerly await its arrival on the West Coast. -A.J. Cave - 7/19/13

Photos: Qajar era monument converted into museum for works of Kamalolmolk and students

- The Negarestan Garden, a Qajar era monument in Tehran, has been converted into a museum to display works of Qajar era painter Mohammad Qaffari (1847-1940), known as Kamalolmolk, and his students. - 7/17/13

Stately trees disappearing from renowned Tehran avenue

- The Human Rights Activists News Agency reports that Tehran city officials are cutting down 70-year-old trees at night on one of the city's main arteries, Vali Asr Avenue. Reports indicate that pedestrians have been shocked to find stumps and other evidence of the missing trees. - 7/17/13

Photos: The Magnificent Persepolis!

- Persepolis (Takht-e Jamshid) was the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire (ca. 550-330 BCE). Persepolis is situated 70 km northeast of the modern city of Shiraz in the Fars Province of modern Iran. - 7/9/13

Evidence of Early Agriculture Found in Iran

- New research shows that early agriculture sprang up in the eastern Fertile Crescent, in modern day Iran, at roughly the same time as it did in areas of the region -- in what are now Israel, Syria, Turkey and Iraq. - 7/9/13

Farming Got Hip In Iran Some 12,000 Years Ago, Ancient Seeds Reveal

- Archaeologists digging in the foothills of Iran's Zagros Mountains have discovered the remains of a Stone Age farming community. It turns out that people living there were growing plants like barley, peas and lentils as early as 12,000 years ago. -Rhitu Chatterjee, NPR - 7/7/13

Groups Advise Iranian President-Elect Rohani On Cultural, Environmental Leaders

- Sixty organizations active in the fields of cultural heritage and the environment have written a letter to president-elect Hassan Rohani with recommendations for leadership of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism and Environmental Protection Organizations. - 7/3/13

Former Yazd officials sound alarm over demolitions

- Former senior officials of the historic city of Yazd have called for a halt to unregulated construction projects in the city, which they claim are threatening the city's historic buildings. - 6/29/13
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