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Fascination with Persepolis: Exhibition in Holland

- The Dutch National Museum of Antiquities (RMO) in Leiden has organised an exhibition to present the engravings, paintings and photographs by the European travellers and archaeologists who have visited Persepolis since the 14th century AD. The collection provides an interesting insight into the magnetic attraction of the palace. -Pejman Akbarzadeh - 11/3/17

Iran Says Foiled 'Illegal Gathering' At Tomb Of Persian King

- Iran says it has foiled an online plan to organize an "illegal gathering" at the tomb of Cyrus the Great, the first king of Persia. Iranians gather every year on October 29 at the pre-Islamic king's tomb, located in the ancient city of Pasargadae in the central province of Fars, to celebrate Cyrus Day, an unofficial holiday. - 10/30/17

Who's Afraid Of Cyrus The Great?

- Iran's authorities appear to be taking measures to prevent citizens from gathering at the tomb of Cyrus the Great, the first king of Persia, in celebration of Cyrus Day. The ancient king's big event is to be held on October 29, which many believe is the day he conquered Babylon. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL - 10/28/17

City of Yazd, manifestation of ancient civilization

- Yazd is the first adobe city in the world and is the second historical city after Venice, Italy. Yazd in central Iran has been a manifestation of the brightest cultural heritage and ancient civilization throughout history with human settlement in Yazd dating back to the third millennium BCE. - 10/18/17

IRAN: The Historical Cradle of Civilization, the Origin of Human Diversity, and the Bastion of Humanistic Tolerance

- Ever since as early as a hundred thousand years ago when our Homo sapiens ancestors preceded by Homo helderbergenis along with our cousins the Neanderthals and Denisovans who had crossed the horn of Africa, the southwestern Asian's temperate Iranian plateau sandwiched between the Caspian Sea including the Caucuses, Alborz and the Himalayan Mountain ranges to the north, and the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman/Bushehr shores to the south-has remained the optimal cradle of human civilization. -Davood Rahni - 10/16/17

Tombs of Achaemenid Kings and Queens: the Persian funerary cult and its Elamite background

- Lecture in London by Dr Wouter Henkelman: The complex relationship between the Elamites and the Persians has long been a subject for discussion. New light on this intriguing question is cast by information contained in cuneiform tablets in the Persepolis Fortification Archive, some of them still unpublished. - 10/6/17

Italian scholars publish book on Iranian architecture

- Three Italian scholars have published their latest research on Iranian architecture in a book titled "Through Iran: Cities, Architecture, Landscapes" (Attraverso l'Iran. Citta, architetture, paesaggi). Manfredi Edizioni in the Italian city Imola is the publisher of the book, which carries materials that Alessandra De Cesaris, Giorgio Di Giorgio and Laura Valeria Ferretti gathered about Iranian architecture during several trips to the country since 2010. - 9/18/17

World Heritage Volunteers help raise awareness of Persian qanats

- A cluster of World Heritage Volunteers has spotlighted essentials to conserve and promote Persian qanats, a UNESCO registered heritage that provides exceptional testimony to cultural traditions in desert areas with an arid climate. - 9/14/17

Gift establishes UCI endowed chair in art history, archaeology of ancient Iran

- The University of California, Irvine has received a $1.5 million grant from Roshan Cultural Heritage Institute to establish the Elahe Omidyar Mir-Djalali Presidential Chair in Art History & Archaeology of Ancient Iran. Additional funding was provided by the UC Presidential Match for Endowed Chairs program. The holder of the $2 million chair in the Department of Art History will collaborate with UCI's Samuel M. Jordan Center for Persian Studies & Culture. - 8/25/17

PHOTOS: Takht-e Soleyman, a 3000-year-old relic

- The archaeological site of Takht-e Soleyman (recognized as a World Heritage Site), in north-western Iran, is situated in a valley set in a volcanic mountain region. The site includes the principal Zoroastrian sanctuary partly rebuilt in the Ilkhanid (Mongol) period (13th century) as well as a temple of the Sasanian period (6th and 7th centuries) dedicated to Anahita. The site has important symbolic significance. -Aryan Nasrollahi - 8/22/17

Historical Pol-e Khaju Bridge in Isfahan: Architecturally interesting, visually appealing

- To experience Isfahan, a vibrant tourist city in central Iran, it is most magical to walk across Pol-e Khaju at sunset when the 17th-century bridge is lit by glorious colors. A total of 23 arches, decorative motifs and tiles, adjoining arcades and an octagonal pavilion embedded right in the middle are amongst main features of the picturesque bridge that spans Zayandeh-Rood, one of the largest rivers in the central Iranian Plateau. - 8/22/17

Photos: Natanz Central Mosque (Masjid-e Jameh)

- Natanz Central Mosque (Masjid-e Jameh) is located near Sheikh Abdol Samad Isfahani Tomb in the city of Natanz in Iran's Isfahan province. This four-iwan central mosque is one of the best preserved of all Ilkhanid-era buildings, dating from the early 14th century. -Milad Raf'at - 8/18/17

A challenge for tourists: Babak Fort, high up in the mountains

- High in the mountains at an altitude of 2,300 meters lies the relatively well-preserved Babak fortress, a tourist destination near Kaleybar in West Azarbaijan Province, northwest Iran. Locally known as Qaleh Babak, it consists of several stone towers and lodging areas stretched in an area of nearly ten thousand square meters, attributed to the Sassanid-era (224-651). The fort is named after Babak Khorramdin, an Iranian warlord who managed to resist Arab invaders until his death in 838 CE. - 7/25/17

Iran's historic city of Yazd inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List

- The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has added the historical texture of Yazd in central Iran to its list of world heritage sites. According to the UNESCO website, the historical structure of Yazd is a collection of public-religious architecture in a very large scope comprising of different Islamic architectural elements of different periods in a harmonious combination with climatic conditions. - 7/9/17

IRAN: Laft village's Historical mansions on path to glory

- Iran's heritage body plans to lead several restoration projects at the village of Laft (map) on the southern Qeshm Island with the aim of bringing fifteen historical mansions and houses back to their heyday glory. Perched on a rocky slope in the Persian Gulf, the fishing village offers its visitors a patchwork of delightfully photogenic scenes of badgirs (wind towers) and minarets. - 7/7/17

Touraj Daryaee: Uncovering the Splendor of Ancient Iran

- With the goal of harnessing the untapped potential of Iranian-Americans, and to build the capacity of the Iranian diaspora in effecting positive change in the U.S. and around the world, the Iranian Americans' Contributions Project (IACP) has launched a series of interviews that explore the personal and professional backgrounds of prominent Iranian-Americans who have made seminal contributions to their fields of endeavor. - Jahandad Memarian, Huffington Post - 7/5/17

U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Case On Seizure Of Iranian Artifacts on loan to the University of Chicago

- The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal from several survivors of a 1997 suicide bombing in Jerusalem who want to seize Persian artifacts in U.S. collections to help pay a $71.5 million judgment against Iran over its alleged role in the attack. - 6/28/17

Iran's "Versailles Palace" finally registered as National Heritage Site

- Iran's top cultural heritage body finally gave the green light for registration of the Sabet Pasal Mansion, commonly known as the 'Versailles Palace of Iran', as a National Heritage Site following growing controversy over the imminent destruction of the architectural masterpiece. - 6/27/17

First-Ever Film on Ancient Persian Monument TAQ KASRA: Fundraising Campaign

- TAQ KASRA, a landmark in the history of architecture, is a 6th-century Persian monument. It was built in the capital of Persian Empire during the Sasanian dynasty. The palace was gradually declined after the Arab invasion in the 7th century and now it is located close to Iraqi capital Baghdad, less than 200 km far from the Persian territory. - 6/20/17

An organic and hand-made observatory is surrounded by palm trees in the iranian desert

- In the last days of winter, the contemporary architects association of iran spend days in the harsh winter weather creating an observatory in the desert of esfahak, iran. the observatory is comprised of three circles within eachother - the center-most circle is the highest one, 'reaching for the sky', and the two other circles encompass a single person passageway that leads to the center. the foundation of the structure is joined together using mortar, some of which was mixed with the members' bare feet, where once clean and ironed shirts are soon covered in dirt. -Designboom - 6/14/17

Germany's Bundeskunsthalle hosting "Iran: Ancient Cultures between Water and Desert" exhibition

- Rare Persian artifacts are on display at the Art and Exhibition Hall of Germany (Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn) in an exhibition entitled "Iran: Ancient Cultures between Water and Desert". The exhibition is organized in the city of Bonn with cooperation of Iran's National Museum and Cultural Heritage Organization in Tehran. - 6/11/17

See the Ancient Water Tunnels Below Iran's Desert

- From above, it seems as though a series of holes were pierced in the desert's dry surface. But a hundred feet below the mysterious pits, a narrow tunnel carries water from a distant aquifer to farms and villages that wouldn't exist without it. These underground aqueducts, called qanats, are 3,000-year-old marvels of engineering, many of which are still in use throughout Iran. -Rachel Brown, National Geography - 6/1/17

Persian Empire in Sasanian Era: Subject of Symposium at Library of Congress

- The African and Middle Eastern Division at the Library of Congress (AMED), in cooperation with the Iranian-American Alumni of the Alborz High School will present a symposium on the legacy of the ancient Persian Sasanian empire (224-651 AD). The event is part of an annual series of symposia on the ancient civilizations of the Near East organized by AMED at the Library of Congress. - 5/15/17

PHOTOS: The Ancient Samen Underground City In Western Iran

- A two-millennia-old subterranean city has been unearthed in Samen, Hamedan Province, after more than a decade of excavations. The city, located 400 km west of Tehran, provisionally dubbed the Underground City of Samen, is "under the modern city of Samen," said Ali Khaksar, the head of the provincial office of Iran's Culturally Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization. - 4/12/17

PHOTOS: Ancient city uncovered in Kerman, Iran after sandstorm

- Heavy sandstorm in the city of Fahraj in Iran's Kerman province led to the emergence of a large part of an ancient city in the Negin desert. Pieces of pottery, bones and brick walls can be seen in the area. -Laleh Khajooei - 4/5/17

The charming Qasr-e Khorshid (Sun Palace) in Iran's Razavi Khorasan Province

- The 18th-century Qasr-e Khorshid (the Sun Palace) is a tourist destination in Razavi Khorasan Province, northeastern Iran. It was once a temporary home to the famed Afsharid ruler Nader Shah (r. 1736-1747) and his family. - 4/3/17

Photos: The Historic Golestan Palace in Tehran

- The oldest of the historic monuments in Tehran, the Golestan Palace (Palace of Flowers) belongs to a group of royal buildings that were once enclosed within the mud-thatched walls of Tehran's Historic Arg (citadel). The Arg was built during the reign of Tahmasb I (r. 1524-1576) of the Safavid dynasty (1502-1736), and was later renovated by Karim Khan Zand (r. 1750-1779). Agha Mohamd Khan Qajar (1742-1797) chose Tehran as his capital. The Arg became the site of the Qajar (1794-1925) Court and Golestan Palace became the official residence of the royal family. - 3/31/17

Banafsheh Hemati's brickwork jewelry wins at International Art and Design Competition

- Inspired by the tiled-worked minaret of Damghan Tarikhaneh Mosque which dates back to the Sassanid era (7000 years ago), Banafsheh Hemamti's necklace has won the 3rd place award in the jewelry section of Italy's 2017 International Art and Design Competition. - 3/3/17

Centuries-old Zeinoldin Caravansary shinning like a gem along the old Silk Road

- Situated on the ancient Silk Road stretching from Asia to Europe, the 16th-century Zeinoldin Caravansary is the only remaining dome-like caravansary of the country which received UNESCO's best award for the restoration of historical buildings. - 2/27/17

Sassanid-era Qal'eh Dokhtar castle to be restored

- The ancient Qal'eh Dokhtar castle in the southeastern province of Kerman is projected to undergo restoration. Situated on a mountain slope neighboring the Firouzabad-Kavar road, Qal'eh Dokhtar (literally meaning the Maiden Castle) was made by Ardashir I, the founder of the Sasanian Empire (224-651) in 209 CE. - 2/24/17

Celebrate the Iranian New Year with the 9th Annual Nowruz Festival on March 12, 2017 at UCLA

- The most colorful festival of the year marking the arrival of spring, Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) is back. Bringing together joyous sounds and spectacle for all to enjoy, the event is bigger than ever for its Ninth Annual Nowruz festival. The Farhang Foundation debuts a new home at UCLA's Royce Hall and Dickson Court, having outgrown the previous venue at LACMA. - 2/22/17

Book: Norooz with My Family

- A new book on Norooz, the Persian New Year, authored by Dr. Khodadad Kaviani: A sister and her brother share with classmates their Norooz (New Year) experiences. They live in Yazd, Iran, the city of beautiful wind catchers. They talk about spring cleaning, carpet washing, chaarshanbeh soori, preparing the Haft-Seen, plus other activities during this festive time of year. - 2/22/17

National Museum of Iran showcasing extensive repatriated artifacts

- A total of 550 historical relics including sculptures, earthenware and jewelries, repatriated from Belgium, Italy and the U.S., have been put on show at the National Museum of Iran. Adopting "Cultural Diplomacy Achievements" as its motto, the exhibit showcases four collections that have been retrieved with the incumbent Iranian government, the national museum announced on Feb. 6. - 2/11/17

BOOK: Orders, Decorations, and Medals of the Empire of Iran - The Pahlavi Era by O James Younessi

- This book is an astonishing effort in categorization of the Pre-revolutionary Iranian awards. Museums, historians, auction houses, numismatists, collectors, and interest groups particularly in the hostile post-revolutionary milieu of the Islamic Republic were hampered by lack of solid information in this particular area of Iranian modern history... -Darius KADIVAR - 1/20/17

Footprints of Prehistoric Industry around Persian Gulf

- Objects unearthed in the historical site of Tom Maroon, in Hormuzgan Province on the Persian Gulf, indicate that the communities inhabiting the region during the Bronze Age were involved in industrial activities such as metalwork, glass-work and pottery. - 1/6/17

PHOTOS: Mehrastan Castle in Sistan and Baluchistan, Iran

- Mehrastan Historic Castle located in Sistan and Baluchistan province dates back to more than 400 years ago. The castle is on the verge of destruction and needs special attention of officials to allocate budget for repair. - 1/1/17

Photos: Zoroastrians "Towers of Silence" in Yazd

- Amongst enigmatic tourist destinations in Iran are two Zoroastrian 'Towers of Silence' that are nested on top of two lonely, barren hilltops in southern outskirts of the city of Yazd, which has long been a center of Zoroastrianism in the country. In accordance with ancient Zoroastrian beliefs that accentuates on purity of the earth, dead bodies were not directly buried but left in these uncovered stone towers so that birds of prey could pick the bones clean. - 12/22/16

Prehistoric Iranian toys or votive carts?

- These animal figurines mounted on little carriages are part of a valuable deposit that is on display at the Louvre Museum in Paris. The relics were unearthed in Susa, southwestern Iran, in the early 20th. They are part of a valuable deposit found at Susa, near the temple of Inshushinak. - 12/21/16

Historical Seb Castle stands tall in southeastern Iran

- The historical Seb Castle, with a height of 23 meters, stands tall as one of the tourist attractions in the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan. Seb Castle is constructed of clay and mortar blend with loads of sticky plant seeds. In some parts wooden slabs cut from palm trees have been used to strengthen the overall layout, enabling it to withstand the natural disasters in particular mellow seismic vibrations. - 12/19/16

PHOTOS: Shahzadeh Garden, A Jewel In The Desert

- The historical Shazdeh (Prince) Garden is located in the Kerman desert near Mahan. The Garden is a fine example of Persian gardens that take advantage of suitable natural climate. This magnificent garden known as "a corner in heaven" has been registered on UNESCO's World Heritage List as one of the masterpieces of traditional gardens. - 12/13/16

PHOTOS: The Historic Resket Tower in Sari, Iran

- The Resket Tower is located in the city of Sari (Dodangeh District) in Iran's Mazandaran province. The tower dates back to the 11th century. With its conical dome, this cylindrical brick tower is believed to have been built near the impact site of a meteorite and is the tomb of Bavandid (651-1349) royal. The tower is 18 meters high and nearly 15 meters wide at its base. The tower has Kufic and Sassanid inscriptions as well as unique moqarnas decorations below its dome. - 12/12/16

PHOTOS: The Saint Stepanos Monastery In The Mountains Of Northwest Iran

- The St. Stepanos Monastery or Monastery of St. Stephen the Protomartyr is an Armenian monastery about 15 km northwest of Jolfa city, East Azarbaijan Province in northwest Iran. It is situated in a deep canyon along the Arax river on the Iranian side of the border between Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic and Iran. It was built in the 9th century and rebuilt in the Safavid era (1501-1736) after several earthquakes damaged it. - 12/11/16

UNESCO approves Noruz collective feast of 12 nations

- The celebration of Noruz, the New Year shared by 12 countries, was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of UNESCO on Wednesday. Noruz marks the beginning of spring across a vast geographical area. It is celebrated on March 21st every year. - 12/1/16

Subterranean waterways offer clues to ancient way of life in Iran

- Throughout the arid regions of Iran, mainly central parts of the country, agricultural and permanent settlements have been supported by the ancient qanat system of tapping alluvial aquifers at the heads of valleys and conducting the water along underground tunnels by gravity, often over many kilometers. - 11/29/16

Gerda Henkel Foundation allocates 650K Euros to museum studies in Iran

- The non-profit Germany-based Gerda Henkel Foundation has allocated 650,000 Euros to support research projects by the National Museum of Iran and a museum which is planned to be built in the city of Yazd by 2019. - 11/26/16

Gold cup tells of rich Persian craftsmanship in Iron Age

- This exquisite Persian (Iranian) artwork which dates back to the early 1st millennium BC boldly reveals the skills accomplished Persian goldsmiths possessed during the Iron Age II. The artwork is being kept at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. - 11/23/16

Photos: The Ancient Persepolis Ruins Under The Supermoon Light

- This year, the full moons of October, November and December are called supermoons since these take place when the moon is at its closest point of approach in its orbit around Earth. The supermoons have been creating magnificant scenes across the globe. These photos show the ancient Persepolis ruins in Iran during the November 2016 supermoon. - 11/21/16

Tehran international symposium to discuss seismic rehabilitation of heritage structures

- Co-organized by University of Tehran and the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization, the two-day event is set to address possible threats to structures that are of historical or cultural importance along with proper ways to restore such buildings. Prof. Goodarz Ahmadi from Clarkson University, the U.S.; prof. Gorun Arun from Yildiz Technic University, Turkey; Toshikazu Hanzato from Mie University, Japan; and Dr. Mehrdad Hejazi from Isfahan University, Iran; are scheduled to deliver speeches. - 11/17/16

Tabriz historic bazaar complex: A melting pot of tradition, trade, and culture

- Tabriz historic bazaar complex, a labyrinth of interconnected covered passages that adds up to about 5 kms, has been a melting pot of cultural exchange since antiquity and once a hot spot on the ancient Silk Road. - 11/1/16

Iranian Activists Detained For Celebrating Persian Emperor

- Iranian authorities have detained several organizers of a gathering attended by thousands marking the birth of the pre-Islamic King Cyrus the Great, the founder of the Achaemenid Empire. - 10/31/16

Nasir al-Molk Mosque: Magestic and Historic

- Located in downtown Shiraz lies the elegant Nasir al-Molk Mosque, which boasts extensive colored tilework and glass on its facade as well as exquisite architecture inside. Completed in the end of the 19th century, it is one of the most photographed mosques in southern Iran. - 10/29/16

Maymand, an exemplar man-made cave dwelling

- Thousands of years before Persepolis - the magnificent Achaemenid ceremonial capital - was made in southern Iran in the fifth and fourth centuries BC, residents of its eastward village named Maymand carved out rocky hillsides to take refuge from harsh climate of the Iranian Plateau. - 10/26/16

CONFERENCE: Iranian Architects and Architecture: Transition from Traditional to Postmodern

- The main focus of this conference (to be held on November 12th in London) is to look at the evolution of 20th century architecture in Iran, concentrating on the transition from traditional to postmodern architecture. -Iran Heritage Foundation - 10/21/16

Photos: Ramsar Royal Palace

- Ramsar Palace is a historic building and among royal residences located in Ramsar, a city on the coast of the Caspian Sea, in Mazandaran province of Iran. The palace was established on a land of 60,000 square meters in 1937, and it was used as a summer residence by Reza Shah and then by his son, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. - 10/21/16

Wild is the Wind: Disco-taxis and pretty girls: in search of the world's oldest windmills in Iran

- The sun burned hot on the roof of the car as we drove on the desert road near the frontier town of Taybad. In an effort to drown out the roaring and rattling of the engine, our driver cranked up the radio, making the forty-year-old Paykan bounce up and down on the beats of the Persian pop tunes he liked. I was in the back, squeezed between two old Afghan gentlemen dressed in blue robes and turbans on one side, and a rolled up carpet on the other. -Jippe Kreuning, Reorient - 10/19/16

Event at Stanford University: 5,000 Years of Iranian Engineering

- In celebration of International Archaeology Day - Oct. 15th, Persian Student Association (PSA) and American Institute of Archaeology (AIA) at Stanford Jointly Present: 5000 Years of Iranian Engineering: Movie Screening + Q&A with the writer, director, and producer, Dr. Farzin Rezaeian - 10/11/16

Ancient Settlement Uncovered In West-Central Iran

- According to Ghafour Kaka, the head of exploration expedition at the site of Sarsakhti castle hill in an eponymous village in Shazand: the results of cultural findings of archaeological excavation of the area and its surrounding show it has been inhabited since Neolithic age (8000 years ago) until the Qajar Era. - 9/23/16

Isfahan Music Museum: "Captivating, Wonderful"

- Isfahan Music Museum features roughly 300 traditional musical instruments, those that are currently being played or used to be practiced across Iran. The private museum, named after the central Iranian city, has been divided into two main sections dedicated to the national and regional musical instruments. - 9/13/16

RMJM Arta-Tehran appointed to design Iran Historical Car Museum

- Also known as the National Car Museum of Iran, the museum is situated approximately 20km west of the capital city, Tehran. It currently houses one of the largest and most valuable car collections in the region, compromising sports cars, limousines, motorcycles and carriages owned by the last Shah of the Pahlavi Dynasty, Mohammad Reza Shah. - 9/9/16

Darugheh House in Mashhad wins UNESCO conservation award

- The conservation of Darugheh House in the city of Mashhad in northeastern Iran was among the 13 winning projects of UNESCO 2016 Asia-Pacific Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation. According to UNESCO, the conservation of Darugheh House has reinstated a significant component of the historical townscape of Mashhad. - 9/8/16

Is the Islamic Republic embracing Iran's ancient past?

- Members of Iran's diaspora community tell the tale of Ayatollah Sadegh Khalkhali mounting a bulldozer in 1979 and attempting to destroy Persepolis. The story represents the Islamic Revolution as having brought to an end a renaissance in the preservation and appreciation of Iran's cultural heritage. It is undeniable, however, that today there is a political will in Iran for it to emerge stronger in the field of cultural heritage protection. -Sasan Aghlani, Al Monitor - 9/7/16

Exactly 500 Years Ago, This Battle Changed the Middle East Forever

- Five centuries ago, the contours of the modern Middle East were shaped through a series of Ottoman battles. The outcomes of these battles-which shaped the region's politics, demographics and religious movements-were much more important in the long run than modern phenomena such as the Sykes-Picot Pact. -Akhilesh Pillalamarri, National Interest - 8/24/16

Tehran exhibition chronicles 70 years of cooperation between UN, Iran

- An exhibition of historic photos and documents illustrating 70 years of cooperation between the United Nations and Iran opened in the Iranian Artists Forum on Sunday. - 8/8/16

Traces of Neolithic era uncovered in Iran's Fars province

- The first season of archaeological excavations in Bavanat county in Fars province has led to the discovery of 200 objects with the oldest having traces back to the Neolithic era. Morteza Khanipour, the leader of the archeological team, said the Hermangan site located west of Jashnian village in Bavanat county, Fars province, has been discovered in April 2015. - 7/25/16

DNA from ancient skeletons suggests farming was invented multiple times in the Fertile Crescent

- Scientists have discovered an ancient population of farmers from the eastern part of the Fertile Crescent, and their existence is a strong sign that agriculture was invented more than once, a new study says. -Los Angeles Times - 7/20/16

Iran's Lut Desert inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List

- The World Heritage Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) registered Iran's Lut Desert on World Heritage List during 40th session of the World Heritage Committee on Sunday. - 7/18/16

Iranians to mark National Mount Damavand Day

- Iranians will celebrate the National Mount Damavand Day on July 22 to attract the public's attention to the importance of mountains in the country's history and nature. The festival is coordinated by the Mount Damavand lovers NGOs, Iranian climbers club, and some other organizations. - 7/6/16

What lies above: Stunning photographs reveal the beautiful ceilings in Iran's mosques, bazaars and public baths

- French photographer Eric Lafforgue has travelled Iran capturing pictures of the country's elaborately tiled ceilings. The images show in intricate detail how heavily mathematics and geometry featured in Islamic architecture. Many experts believe the most exquisite and delicate architecture ever created can be found in Iran -Daily Mail - 7/5/16

Preserving Persia's glorious past: Persepolis exhibition showcases Oriental Institute's ongoing work in ancient Iran

- Today the Oriental Institute remains the nation's premier center for the study of ancient Iran, and its scholars hope the Persian Empire will play an important role in its future archaeological research. "No other American university has the depth on Persia and Iranian archaeology that the University of Chicago has," says Gil Stein, director of the Oriental Institute, who was among the half-dozen institute scholars who spoke last year at an international conference in Tehran. - 5/17/16

Historic Iranian village of Abyaneh strained by influx of tourists

- Officials of the historic village of Abyaneh say they are faced with a tsunami of tourists. Mohammad Adeli told ISNA that the village faces a tsunami of tourists especially on weekends and holidays. - 5/16/16

Iran: Discovery of ancient kilns in suggests early trade in goods

- An archeological dig at Yalda Hill in Sistan has unearthed 5,000-year-old kilns with a capacity for the surplus production of ceramics. The Shahrvand daily reported on Wednesday April 13 that the archeological team consisted of 25 archeology graduates headed by Hosseinali Kavosh, supervisor of the fourth season of archeological excavations from Zabol University. - 4/14/16

Protest erupts in Tehran over transfer of contemporary art museum

- Protesters gathered in front of Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Art on Saturday April 9 to oppose the handover of the institution to the Roudaki Foundation. The protesters insist that Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Art is part of the country's national heritage and should not be transferred to the private sector. - 4/11/16

History did not exist, when Norooz did

- Norooz is the only festival that is still celebrated across the entire "Iranian World"; meaning the world that was once defined by the boundaries of the Iranian Empire and the land on which Iranian culture remains alive. The term "Iranian World" remaining from the late Iranian archaeologist Shahriar Adl refers to a geographical region that covers today's country of Iran as well as Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and even parts of India and what was once known as the Ottoman Empire. -Roya Monajem - 3/19/16

"Rebirth"

- From time immemorial, Nowrouz has been regarded as the birthday of our Blue Planet Earth on this land Which together with the blooming white and pink blossoms, green grass and red poppies Once again passes over another year of human history on its bosom In the hope of a true rebirth -Roya Monajem - 3/18/16

Norooz, the Persian New Year at the spring vernal equinox

- The flower buds of yellow, violet, red and white crocuses of saffron bulbs, intermingled with the blossoming daffodils, hyacinths, tulips and the Persian violets, herald the arrival of Norooz. The Persian New Year, signaling the rebirth, rejuvenation and reconciliations, rightly occurring on the spring vernal equinox. -Davood N. Rahni, New York - 3/18/16



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