Tir 25 1399 - July 15 2020
Photos: Oldest settlement in Iranian Plateau

Archaeologists uncovered 21 historical sites in Sadrabad Village located in Zarandieh County of Markazi Province nearly a month ago in what is called the 'most extensive' systematic field research so far conducted in the central Iranian plateau. -Hadi Zand 7/8/20

Discover Ghadamgah: A millennia-old place of worship embedded beneath rock cliff

Ghadamgah is a millennia-old subterranean temple that was repurposed to be a mosque. The temple is said to be a place of worship where the ancient Mithraism rituals observed before the advent of Islam. The place of worship, which sometimes is referred to as a cave, is situated at the upstream of Ghadamgah's graveyard, near Badamyar village, from environs of Azarshahr in the northwestern West Azarbaijan province. 6/30/20

Crumbling but still fabulous: UNESCO-registered Takht-e Soleyman

Photos depict scenes from the UNESCO-registered Takht-e Soleyman ("Solomon's Throne"), a ruined sanctuary in northwest Iran, which is still a source of charm for avid holidaymakers, history buffs and archaeologists. The deserted sanctuary bears testimony to various eras of the nation's history. It is situated in the southeastern highlands of West Azarbaijan province overlooking a lake with a backdrop of a snowcapped mountain range. -Tehran Times 6/29/20

The surprising origins of the postal service

With mail processing delays around the world and the United States Postal Service (USPS) teetering on the brink of collapse as a result of the financial losses caused by the pandemic, as reported by Politico, many people are coming to realise just how crucial a role the mail plays in their daily lives. Far fewer, however, may be aware of how the modern postal service came to be, and the ancient Persian institution that served as the model and inspiration for the USPS and other such delivery services. -Joobin Bekhrad, BBC 6/26/20

Kaldar cave in Iran estimated to date over 63,000 years

Nearly one decade of archaeological surveys at Kaldar cave has concluded that parts of this western Iranian shelter date more than 63,000 years. "After a decade of studying the cultural evidence yielded from the three seasons of archeological excavations at Kaldar Cave, the recent results show that a Paleolithic layer in the middle of this the cave is more than 63,000 years old," CHTN quoted Iranian archaeologist Behrouz Bazgir as saying on Sunday. 6/23/20

The Art of Persia: A rare glimpse into an ancient world of art and culture

Samira Ahmed and her team, with the help of some amazing drone photography, make a pretty good stab at revealing Iran's fascinating, rich and complex past, a story of successive invasions and empire-building, about which, I imagine, most of us are fairly ignorant. By calling the three-parter The Art of Persia, as opposed to Iran, there's a clear delineation between the country's past and present, its pre-Islamic and Islamic cultures, and the time before and after it became an Islamic Republic in 1979. -Evening Standard 6/16/20

Excavations reveal rare find of Bronze Age culture in Iran

Iran has recently unearthed a rare Bronze Age culture, related settlements and relics following to rounds of excavation in a plain near the north-central city of Qom. "Archaeological excavations carried out at a broad natural sandy-gravel hill named Tepe Yousef Khan has revealed relics and remains which are related to the Kura-Araxes culture known as one of the most developed Bronze Age cultures of the time," IRNA quoted senior Iranian archaeologist Siamak Sarlak, who led the excavations, as saying on Tuesday. 6/12/20

Petroglyphs hold clues to 14,000 years of human life in Iran

Archaeologists have found prehistoric rock drawings near Natanz in central Iran which give clues about the rise of human presence that is rooted in 14,000 years of history. Existing findings prove that human life goes back to 6,000 years in the region. 5/25/20

PHOTOS: On the verge of oblivion? Meet stone lions deserted in southwest Iran

Some cultural heritage enthusiasts say that hundreds of stone lions, which were placed on top of the tombstones of brave and courageous people of Bakhtiari tribe in the past, are now on the verge of oblivion and even fading away. Bakhtiari nomads regard such stone statues, locally called 'Bard Shirs' as a symbol of bravery, valor, and characteristics like adroitness at hunting and shooting in war as well as horseback riding on top of the gravestone of that group of people. -Alireza Mohammadi 4/29/20

Sassanid Inscription Unearthed In Ancient Iran Necropolis Being Deciphered

Experts are working to decipher a newly discovered inscription unearthed in an ancient necropolis near Persepolis, an official of the Cultural Heritage Organization of Iran, said on Monday. The inscription which dates from the Sassanian period (224-651 AD) was found in Naqsh-e Rostam and is written in Pahlavi language (also known as Middle Persian) which was the official language of the Sassanian Empire. 4/28/20

Precious stolen work by Persian poet Hafez, now recovered, will be sold

A "magnificent" stolen manuscript by the revered 14th-century Persian poet Hafez, which was dramatically discovered earlier this year by a Dutch art sleuth, is set to be sold at auction next month. The gold-illuminated Divan of Hafez is dated to 1462 and is one of the earliest copies of the work of the Persian poet, who died in 1390. -Guardian 3/10/20

Iranian Instrument maker Zolfaqar Beitaneh picked as Living Human Treasure

The South Khorasan Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department (SKCHTHD) has selected dotar maker Zolfaqar Beitaneh as a Living Human Treasure. The 58-year-old master, who lives in Ferdows, South Khorasan Province, has also skills in crafting a kind of reed flute, which is used in the folk music of Khorasan. 3/4/20

Atashgah: A hillside Zoroastrian fire temple in Isfahan

Though Iran is a Muslim-majority country, it is home to ancient Zoroastrian sites still retaining otherworldly charm. Isfahan's Atashgah is one of those which is situated on a mountain of the same name in western site of the central Iranian city. Experts say the fire temple dates back Sassanid era (224-651). 2/24/20

Trump's Threat to Iran's Cultural Sites Hasn't Gone Away

Think about the cultural sites around the world that are important to you. For most Americans, these sites would include the Statue of Liberty, the Lincoln Memorial, Mount Rushmore, among others. Imagine if these sites were targeted and destroyed by our enemies, nations that decided to throw off the yokes of the laws of armed conflict and destroy sites that are a testament to American values. -Anisha Hindocha, Inkstick 2/13/20

The Amazing Windcatchers of Yazd: Talk by Dr Susan Roaf - March 4, 2020 in London

We take so much for granted when we look only at the visible structures of buildings, but windcatchers demonstrate that their invisible attributes may often be more important. Their story in Yazd reaches out in many directions, showing how one apparently simple design feature links us to many aspects of the physical, historic and political past of the whole region. 2/6/20

Jashn-e Sadeh, ancient festival of mid-winter, observed by Zoroastrians across Iran

A host of Iranian Zoroastrians come together in Taft county, central Yazd province, to observe Jashn-e Sadeh, a time-honored religious festival of mid-winter on January 30, 2020. Same ceremonies were also held by followers of the Zoroastrian faith in several other cities across the country, including Tehran, Shiraz, and Kerman. Narratives say that the festivity is to remember the mythical discovery of fire. That's why they set fire to a big pile of wood when the event reaches its climax. 1/31/20

Iran's cultural heritage reflects the grandeur and beauty of the golden age of the Persian empire

It's simply not possible to do justice to the value of Iran's cultural heritage - it's a rich and noble history that has had a fundamental impact on the world through art, architecture, poetry, in science and technology, medicine, philosophy and engineering. The Iranian people are intensely aware - and rightly proud of - their Persian heritage. -MENAFN 1/23/20

2020: Millennium of Persian Poet Ferdowsi

Anniversaries are important; they celebrate legacies and signify presence and continuity. This year, 2020, marks the 1000th anniversary of Ferdowsi's death. This renowned Persian poet died at age 81 in 1020, more than five centuries before Shakespeare was born. Ferdowsi has not only endured for a thousand years but has also defined the very identity and language of his own country - Iran. This is, indeed, a great achievement for a poet or for any person, for that matter. -Rasoul Shams 1/13/20

Pentagon Says Will Not Violate Law Of War Amid Alarm Over Trump's Threat To Target Iranian cultural sites

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has strongly indicated that the U.S. military will not fire on Iranian cultural sites, targets that President Donald Trump had threatened to strike. "We will follow the laws of armed conflict," Esper said during a briefing at the Pentagon. When asked if that ruled out targeting cultural sites, Esper said pointedly, "That's the laws of armed conflict." Trump's suggestion that the United States could target Iranian cultural sites has sparked alarm in Iran and beyond, with Human Rights Watch (HRW) saying such action would be a war crime. 1/7/20

Iranians Flood Twitter With Photos of Favorite Cultural Sites as Trump Threatens Them With Destruction

Ordinary Iranians on Saturday responded to U.S. President Donald Trump's monstrous threat to strike sites "important to Iran and the Iranian culture" with an outpouring of photos highlighting their favorite mosques, museums, monuments, and other stunning architecture. "Fastest way to unify all political factions in Iran against you is to assassinate the general who led Iran's fight against ISIS," tweeted Independent correspondent Negar Mortazavi. -Jake Johnson, Common Dreams 1/6/20

Donald Trump's belligerent threats to Iran's cultural sites are grotesque

Donald Trump's threat to destroy the sites of ancient Persia should send a shiver down the spine of any civilised person. How can anything justify American bombing of Persepolis or the mosques of Isfahan? Only the demented can see them as "threatening America". It is on the same ethical plane as the Islamic State vandalism of Palmyra and Mosul. -Simon Jenkins, Guardian 1/6/20

In pictures: Iran's silk makers still weaving a 3,000-year-old trade

The memory of the Silk Road is still alive in the remotest regions of Iran, where the ancient route once passed. For more than 3,000 years, silk thread produced in Iran has been used to make clothing fabric and for weaving Persian rugs. Thousands of families in northern and eastern Iran still earn a living through the ancient trade, mainly in the Gilan, Razavi Khorasan, and Torbat-e Heydarieh provinces -Middle East Eye 1/2/20

Yalda Night: Iranians celebrate winter solstice tonight!

A new Yalda Night is approaching the hearts of Iranians no matter which part of the globe they live. On that graceful night the winter chill is vanquished and the warmth of love embraces the entire family. The last evening of autumn and the beginning of winter is a ceremonious, auspicious time for Iranians and lovers of Iranian traditions everywhere on earth. -Afshin Majlesi, Tehran Times 12/21/19

Book: Tappeh Sialk, The Glory Of Ancient Kashan

Tappeh Sialk on the outskirts of modern Kashan is arguably the most important ancient site in Iran before the rise of the Persian Empire in 550 BCE. Excavations here in the 1930s by a French team and by Iranian teams from 2000 AD onwards have cast light on the history of Iran from 6000 BCE onwards, spanning the Neolithic, Chalcolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age periods. 12/16/19

Conference in Paris - Tappeh Sialk: A Key Site for the Archaeology of Iran

​The site of Tappeh Sialk in Iran was excavated by the archaeologist Roman Ghirshman between 1933 and 1937, exposing whole areas of the ancient cultures of the plateau, from the Neolithic to the Iron Age. The objective of this conference will be to take stock, 80 years after the publication of Ghirshman's work, on the history of this site and on its central role for Iranian archaeology. -Iran Heritage Foundation 11/21/19

Irish Museum hosts exhibition on ancient Persian prophet MANI

The Persian prophet Mani created a new religion in the 3rd century AD. He believed the world is a struggle between the forces of dark and light which ultimately causes the release of the light-soul from the material body. The Persian Emperor, Shapur I, allowed Mani to freely promote his ideas through the empire but later, following the pressure of Zoroastrian priests, Bahram I arrested Mani. -Pejman Akbarzadeh 11/8/19

Visit Tappeh Mill, one of the most ancient temples in Iran

Of the buildings that still remain from the early years of civilization, are the ancient temples. Given the importance of religion for the mankind, it's not surprising that these spiritual sites were built using topmost architectural innovations of the time in imposing scales. 11/4/19

Newly-found petroglyph in western Iran may have link to Mithraism

A newly-discovered rock-carving in western Iran could have a link to Mithraism, a prehistorical religion inspired by Iranian worship of the Zoroastrian god Mithra. Some Iranian archaeologists suggest that the carving was created by a follower of Mithraism as it depicts a simple portrayal of a human with his right hand raised and an object in his hand. But, experts say it needs much more study in order to date the petroglyph. 11/1/19

The screening of 'COUP 53' in Manhattan

After ten protracted, nonetheless, scrupulous years of research and interviews, and arduous scripts writing and productions, COUP 53, the historical two hour chilling thriller documentary of the British MI6 and the American CIA's bloody covert actions against IRAN, which led to the overthrow of the first and perhaps the last ever democratically elected prime minster Dr. Mohammad Mosadegh, went on SVA Theatre silver screen in Manhattan on October 18. -Davood N. Rahni 10/22/19

Iran displays 300 Achaemenid tablets returned from U.S. after judicial saga

The National Museum of Iran is exhibiting some 300 cuneiform tablets returned from the United States following a judicial saga. Originally from the ruins of Persepolis, capital of the Persian Achaemenid Empire (559-330 B.C,) in southern Iran, these works belong to a batch of 1,783 tablets or pieces of clay tablets returned Monday by the Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago. 10/3/19

Genome study shows that Iran's population is more heterogeneous than previously believed

An international research team including scientists from the University of Cologne, Germany, numerous Iranian universities and the University of Sydney, Australia, has shown that today's Iranian population is composed of partially highly heterogeneous ethnic groups, exhibiting a high degree of genetic variation. In many cases, their source goes back many thousands of years. The results, obtained from the first genome-wide genetic characterization of the Iranian population by this team, appeared in PLOS Genetics under the title 'Distinct genetic variation and heterogeneity of the Iranian population'. 9/25/19

Crowdfunding Campaign: First Documentary on Persian Fortress DARBAND in Russia

The Sasanian Fortress in Darband was built in the 6th century AD to protect the Persian Empire from invasion by nomadic peoples to the north. The defensive structures remained in continuous use by the succeeding Persian, Arab and Turkish forces until the Russian invasion in the 19th century. 8/12/19

Which "Gulf" Do They Mean?

If you've ever wondered how historical realities can be sacrificed and manipulated in the service of myopic political goals, there is a great example for you to follow in your daily roundup of international news offered by the mainstream media. While reading through coverage of current Middle Eastern affairs in international newspapers, magazines, and news websites, it's very common for readers to come across the words "the Gulf." -Kourosh Ziabari 8/7/19

The ancient art of making ships in southern Iran

Maritime trade, shipping and shipbuilding have long been practiced in Iran. There have been many small or big shipyards across the northern coasts of the Persian Gulf. If you are planning to travel to the southernmost parts of the country, we suggest to visit the Persian Gulf in trace of seeing the process of crafting and sailing traditional Lenj boats, which has passed down from father to son. The hand-built vessels are used for sea journeys, trading, fishing and pearl diving. -Afshin Majlesi, Tehran Times 8/6/19

Happy Tirgan: The Festival of Rain

Tirgan also known as Jashn-e Tirgan (The feast of Tiregan) is an ancient Iranian festival coinciding with the mid summer festivals. The feast of Tirgan is an ancient Iranian celebration, which is still celebrated among Iranian Zoroastrians, Parsis of India and some Iranian Muslims in various parts of Iran. 7/4/19

UNESCO to assess Iran's Hyrcanian Forest for World Heritage

On June 30, the 43rd session of the World Heritage Committee kicked off in Baku, Azerbaijan, to assess 36 nominees, including Iran's Hyrcanian Forest, for possible inscription on the World Heritage list. Hyrcanian Forest (also known as Caspian Forest), extends from the south of Azerbaijan to about 900 km to the east to the Iranian northern provinces of Gilan, Mazandaran and Golestan. 7/3/19

Iranian Caravanserais And Time Travel To Forgotten Ages

For many travelers to Iran, staying in or even visiting a centuries-old caravanserai, can be a wide experience; they have an opportunity to feel the past, a time travel back into a forgotten age!. Such roadside inns were originally built in various epochs along ancient caravan routes in the Muslim world to shelter people, their goods and animals. The former Silk Roads may be the most famous example dotted by caravanserais. -Afshin Majlesi, Tehran Times 6/4/19

Doors of ancient underground "city" in Hamedan, Iran opened to archaeologists

A team of archaeologists has commenced an extensive research on a centuries-old underground "city", which is located in Salehabad district of Hamedan province, west-central Iran, ISNA reported on Friday. The site, estimated to date 800 years, was found some three years ago but the story wasn't publicized in order to prevent any possible looting from the underground city before the appropriation of credits for the beginning of studies, a provincial tourism official Ahmad Torabi said. 5/27/19

Tehran exhibit hosts retrospective of veteran locksmith Hossein Shams

Tens of traditional-looking locks by Hossein Shams were exhibited at the headquarters of the Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization in Tehran as a retrospective of the 71-year-old Iranian locksmith. Works by Shams, who has 62 years of experience in this field, have been put on show at 52 national or international exhibitions, CHTN reported on Tuesday. -Tehran Times 5/23/19

Interview with Ashk Dahlen, author of The Persian Empire

Ashk Dahlen was born in Tehran in 1972 and has lived most of his life in Sweden. He is Associate Professor in Iranian Languages at Uppsala University and his field of study covers Persian literature, Iranian history of religion and philosophy. Ashk Dahlen is the author of several books and articles on Iranian history and among his recent publications is Antikens Persien (in Swedish). 5/14/19

PHOTOS: Fire Damages Historic Bazaar In Tabriz, Iran

Fire started at the historical roofed bazaar in the capital city of East Azarbaijan Province, Tabriz, in early hours of Thursday. The fire has been fully put out, according to the head of the province's crisis management department. About 100 shops were damaged in the fire and 19 people were injured. 5/10/19

FM Zarif hails Persian Gulf as Iran's lifeline on national day

Iran is commemorating the National Day of the Persian Gulf. Honoring the occasion, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has highlighted the significance of the strategic body of water, describing it as a "lifeline" for the country. Every year, Iranians observe the Persian Gulf Day on the 10th of Ordibehesht, the second month on the Persian calendar, which usually falls on April 30. -Press TV 4/30/19

Total Negligence of the role of the Iranians in Moslem (Islamic) Civilization in Cat Stevens - Yusuf Islam's book, Why I still Carry a Guitar

As an old 'fan' of Cat Stevens, I do find myself indebted to his songs and music, and as a Moslem emotionally think the same with Yusuf Islam's book Why I still carry a Guitar. From one perspective he is telling Hadith Nafs (my story or my Ego's story) in this book; relieving an ignoramus' suppressed anger, resentment... piled up all these long years, in relation of how Moslems are depicted largely in the West, as some barbarous peoples, Pagans, terrorists and... and... and... Thanking the author again and again, for his hard endeavor to show the other face of Islam. Yet,... -Roya Monajem, Tehran 4/24/19

Tehran Municipality negotiating to restore Taq Kasra in Iraq

Tehran Municipality is in talks with Baghdad's urban planners and authorities to restore a number of aging monuments in Iraq including Taq Kasra, which is an architecturally-important Sasanian-era Persian monument. Taq Kasra, also called Ivan Madaen or the Archway of Ctesiphon, are names given to the remains of a circa 3rd-6th-century Sasanian-era Persian monument, which is located near the modern town of Salman Pak, a city located approximately 15 miles south of Baghdad. 4/23/19

Iranian sculptor Masoud Akhavanjam presents two new sculptures in the Giardini Marinaressa alongside 2019 Venice Biennale

Iranian sculptor Masoud Akhavanjam will exhibit two large scale, stainless steel sculptures, as part of the GAA Foundation's PERSONAL STRUCTURES - open borders exhibition, in the context of the 2019 Venice Biennale. The sculptures, Dilemma of Man and Metamorphosis will be exhibited publicly in Venice's waterfront park, Giardini Marinaressa from 5 May to 29 November 2019. Akhavanjam's industrial yet delicate forms draw on philosophy, contemporary socio-political issues and Persian mythology, so that within each work a didactic tale is contained. Both works contain three visible figures, melded seemingly effortlessly into each other. 4/20/19

Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System, A World Heritage Site, Unaffected By Flooding

Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System, a UNESCO-registered ensemble in southwest Iran which is known as a 'masterpiece of creative genius', has not been affected by flash floods and heavy rainfall that stroke almost all of the country in the past weeks. The ensemble comprises bridges, weirs, tunnels, canals and a series of ancient watermills powered by human-made waterfalls. It is named after an ancient city of the same name with its history dating back to the time of Darius the Great, the Achaemenid king. 4/16/19

1,000 Years of Literary Tradition in Rare Persian-Language Manuscripts Now Online at Library of Congress

In celebration of the Persian New Year, also known as Norooz, the Library of Congress has digitized and made available online for the first time the Rare Persian-Language Manuscript Collection, which sheds light on scientific, religious, philosophical and literary topics that are highly valued in the Persian speaking lands. 4/4/19

Floods Threaten Iran's Ancient Relics As Cracks On Historic Walls Widen

Some of Iran's age-old cultural heritage sites have been reportedly damaged as a result of heavy rainfall and extreme weather during recent days. Reports from Iran say some ancient relics have also been affected by floods in various parts of Iran. -Radio Farda 3/27/19

Taq Kasra, A Sasanian-Era Persian Monument, Partially Collapses

On 7 March 2019, parts of Taq Kasra collapsed only two years after the completion of a conservation operation by Avers. The Czech firm had been commissioned by the Iraqi Ministry of Culture. Taq Kasra, also known as the Arch of Ctesiphon, is the world's largest brick vault and the symbol of the Persian Empire in the Sasanian era (224-651 AD). The monument is located about 35 km south of Baghdad, in modern-day Iraq, which was, at the time, part of Persia. -TaqKasra.com 3/25/19

PHOTOS: Authentic Iranian Architecture And Culture In Kashan

Only three hours from the capital Tehran, the central city of Kashan in Isfahan province can definitely be deemed as a marvelous get-away for many urbanites who yearn for the authenticity of traditional Iranian culture and architecture. Travelers to Kashan can visit numerous historical houses from the 18th and 19th centuries that illustrate the finest examples of architecture from the Qajar era. -Behnam Yousefi, MNA 3/24/19

International Norooz Day celebrated in Geneva

The International Norooz Day, marking the Persian New Year and arrival of spring, was celebrated in the Swiss city of Geneva on March 21, hosted by Iran and ten other countries. The ceremony was held at the World Intellectual Property Organization building in Geneva on March 21, marking the beginning of the Persian New Year and arrival of spring. 3/22/19

Norooz Spring Festival kicks off Persian New Year celebrations

People gathered in Union Square Saturday, March 9, 2019 to commence Persian New Year Celebrations. Norooz (also spelled Nowruz) takes place on March 21 this year, however traditional activities happen for the weeks before and after the actual date. This event was hosted by Norooz Outreach and is the first event in what they anticipate will be an annual recurrence. -SF Examnanier 3/11/19

Triumph of Self-Empowerment over Darkened Despotic Tyranny

Legend has it that once upon a distant past juncture, ZaHawk a mythological, tyrannical, unjust, and cruel despot, ruled over Persia. Confiscating an ambivalent hiatus with his absolute power, he crowned himself on the Persian peacock throne as if he was immortal and anointed by an imaginary vengeful supreme. He reigned with iron fist, suffocating people with hegemony and heavy taxations over the vast Persian Empire to the fatal detriment of most inhabitants he mistreated as his serfs and slaves. -Davood N. Rahni 3/5/19

VERNADOC documenting historical windmills (Asbads) in Iran

The International Camp of Vernacular Architecture Documentation (VERNADOC) have commenced documenting arrays of the centuries-old windmills, located in eastern parts of Iran. Vertical-axis windmills, which are locally known as "Asbads", are scattered in the provinces of Sistan-Baluchestan, Khorasan Razavi and South Khorasan. They bear testimony to the human being's adaption with the nature through turning environmental obstacles into opportunities. 3/5/19

Ancient Engraved Signatures Of Masons Found In Sivand, Iran

Iranian archaeologists have discovered some huge building stones that bear signatures thought to be engraved by prehistoric masons. The huge stones were found in an Achaemenid-era mine in Sivand some 32 km from Pasargadae. Apparently, the stones were left there, since Cyrus the Great passed away and his construction plan never finished, the archaeologist explained. -Tehran Times 3/3/19

Experience the Largest Nowruz Celebration in the USA: March 10 at UCLA

The most colorful and lively festival of the year marking the arrival of spring, The Farhang Foundation Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) is back. This event has become the largest Nowruz festival in the United States. The special celebration brings together a variety of programming and excitement for all ages to enjoy. The daylong festival is free and open to the public for the 11th Annual Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) celebration at UCLA's Dickson Court, taking place on Sunday, March 10, 2019. 3/2/19

Envoys, Cultural Figures To Mark Persian New Year Norooz In Tehran

Tehran's Milad Tower will host an international ceremony in honor of Persian New Year or Norooz on February 28. Ambassadors, diplomats and cultural figures of various countries have been invited for the event, Mehr reported on Monday. 2/28/19

In and Out of the Imagination: Locating the Women of Achaemenid Persia

Women are notoriously difficult to find in the indigenous sources of Achaemenid Iran. They are not absent, indeed sources show that royal women could be powerful, wealthy, and influential, but their presence has to be filtered through a range of diverse sources. There is no large-scale presence of women in official Achaemenid art, but that is not to say that the iconography does not exist. In this lecture, Prof. Llewellyn-Jones will bring together the visual representations of women from across the Achaemenid empire and explore the diversity of female 'types' encountered in small-scale artworks like seal images, jewellery and textiles. 2/21/19

Norooz, Persian New Year, added to Vancouver calendar of events

Vancouver has added Norooz, the Persian new year festivity, to its official celebrations and observations calendar. Vancouver City Council has put the event on the calendar of the Canadian metropolis to recognize an intangible heritage of Iranians and other immigrants who celebrate the first day of the spring and the renewal of nature, IRNA reported on Saturday. 2/5/19

Iran Says It Has traced Two Ancient Sculptures Stolen Decades Ago

Tehran has claimed that it has traced two more Achaemenid bas-relief sculptures stolen from Iran nearly ninety years ago. "We have exactly located the stolen pieces and already started negotiation to take them back," the chief of Iran Cultural Heritage Organization, Ali Asghar Mounesan maintained in a radio show. -Radio Farda 1/31/19

Belqeys Citadel in North Khorasan, Iran sees 55% more visitors

The ruined citadel, which is sometimes referred to as Shahr-e Belqeys ("The city of Belqeys") is located in northeastern North Khorasan province. It lies at a short distance from the city of Esfarayen. Remnants of the citadel, family lodgings, irrigation channels, a cistern, and a hypostyle hall are amongst objects so far been unearthed in Belqeys during rounds of excavation. 1/6/19

Shahr-e Sokhta yields rare 4000-year-old relics

Iran's UNESCO-registered Shahr-e Sokhta has yielded tens of rare relics which date back to over 4000 years ago, IRNA reported on Tuesday. "A total of 26 burial chambers have been unearthed recently that led to discovery of potteries, beads, small metal objects and a piece of marble torch," said Seyyed Mansour Seyyed Sajjadi who led the site's 17th archaeological season. 12/28/18

Iranian windmills a step closer to UNESCO listing

Iran's cultural heritage body has almost completed preparations for a chain of ancient vertical-axis windmills for possibly becoming a UNESCO World Heritage. Vertical-axis windmills, which are locally known as "asbads" can be found in Sistan-Baluchestan, South Khorasan and Khorasan Razavi provinces, southeast, south, and northeast of the country, respectively. 12/28/18

Iran's saffron farming system wins FAO world heritage status

A traditional saffron cultivation system in Iran has won recognition from FAO as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS). Titled "Saffron Farming System based on Qanat irrigation in Gonabad, Iran", the credit reflects a unique way to produce nutritious foods and/or spices using traditional knowledge and skills while improving local people's livelihoods and preserving biodiversity, FAO website reported on December 21. -Tehran Times 12/26/18

Thousands of Achaemenid-era clay tablets to be sent back to Iran from Chicago

Over 11,000 flawless [Achaemenid-era] clay tablets and a large number of fragments of their kind will be back home, Iran tourism chief said on Wednesday. "Of the cited number, 1784 clay tablets have been endorsed by the U.S. Department of the Treasury in order to be shipped to Iran, in the first stage," Ali-Asghar Mounesan said, CHTN reported. -Tehran Times 12/17/18

Tehran conference exploring an "Iran in Transition"

Political and social developments of Iran in the early 19th-century is being addressed in a two-day conference, which on Monday opened at the University of Tehran. Titled "L'Iran en transition: de la revolution constitutionnelle a la fin de l'ere qajare," the event is explores the Persian Constitutional Revolution, also known as the Constitutional Revolution of Iran, that took place between 1905 and 1911. 12/17/18

5500-year-old human skeleton on display in Neyshabur, Iran

A human skeleton, which dates from some 5,500 years ago, has been put on show at the museum of archaeology in the city of Neyshabur, northeast Iran. A team of archaeologist discovered the skeleton in 2004 while surveying a trench in Tapeh Borj, an archaeological site, near Neyshabur -Tehran Times 11/16/18

Shiraz MP Accuses Rouhani Of Suppressing Iran's Pre-Islamic History

In a fiery speech to parliament October 21, outspoken businessman and pro-reform MP Bahram Parsaei lambasted President Rouhani for suppressing Iran's pre-Islamic history. Representing the city of Shiraz, home to the 2,500 year-old ruins of Pasargadae, the capital of the Achaemenid Empire, Parsaei had proposed naming October 29 as a day in honor of Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Achaemenid Empire. -Radio Farda 10/23/18

An ancient engineering feat that harnessed the wind

Iran's wind catchers stand as a reminder of how ancient civilisations have adapted to the region's harsh desert environment. -Shervin Abdolhamidi, BBC 9/28/18

US' Smithsonian Institution Celebrated the History of Ancient Persian Capital

On September 15, 2018, for the first time in the United States, the Smithsonian Institution celebrated the history of the ancient capital of Persia Ctesiphon (Tisfun). Located on the eastern bank of the Tigris River near present-day Baghdad, Ctesiphon served as a royal capital of the Persian Empire in the Parthian and Sasanian eras for over eight hundred years. 9/27/18

US hands ancient Persian bas-relief back to Iran

On the orders of a New York Supreme Court judge, a $1.2-million ancient Persian bas-relief has been handed back to Iran after more than 80 years of changing hands among smugglers, Press TV reports. Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations Gholam-Ali Khoshrou said Tuesday that the limestone sculpture, which dates back to around 500 B.C., had been delivered to him. 9/5/18

Meybod, Iran: Open-air museum of ancient watermills

Some 50 kilometers north of Yazd, central Iran, lies the sprawling mud-brick city of Meybod, whose tourism officials are planning to internationally promote it as the "city of watermills". Meybod seeks UNESCO status for long being a cradle of watermills and for its cultural evolution of water supply through the millennia, ISNA reported. 8/16/18

Photos: Lunar eclipse at historical Persepolis

Shots of the moon eclipse were captured by IRNA photographer Reza Ghaderi beside the ancient city of Persepolis, near the city of Shiraz in southern Iran. The so-called blood moon was visible at different times in most parts of the world when the sun, earth and moon lined up perfectly, casting earth's shadow on the moon. People gathered to watch the longest eclipse of the century in Iran. 7/30/18

U.S. judge rules return of Achaemenid-era relief to Iran: Prehistoric "Persian guard" on the way home

A U.S. judge said on Monday an Achaemenid-era (550-330 BC) bas-relief should be returned to Iran, where the object was originally stolen from some 80 years ago. The limestone relief, which depicts a Persian guard, was confiscated in October from the Park Avenue Armory in New York, where it was being offered for sale at an art fair, the New York Times reported. 7/26/18

Iran's ancient engineering marvel

What on Earth are those? I thought to myself shortly before landing in the Iranian city of Esfahan one summer. From the aeroplane window, I could see what looked like a cross between freakishly large anthills and obscure symbols left by an extraterrestrial race. Little could I - then only a teenager - have guessed what lay beneath their mysterious surfaces. -Joobin Bekhrad, BBC 6/20/18

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