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Nowruz Resolution Introduced in the U.S. Congress

- On March 18, 2015, Congressman Michael M. Honda (CA-17th) introduced a resolution in honor of the Iranian New Year into the House of Representatives. The legislation recognizes the cultural and historical significance of Nowruz and wishes Iranian Americans, the people of Iran, and all those who celebrate the holiday a prosperous new year. - 3/22/15

Let us be bravely and benevolently united for the Joys of Nowruz (New Year)

- In some millennia ago, in regard to the process of Creation our ancestors wrote: "Temporal time was created from Endless, Eternal Time. The reason was that in order to defeat Ahriman (Evil), Hormozd (God the creator) created Time. For Ahriman will only be defeated through war. The battleground is where the strategy for the war is figured out." -Khoobchehr Keshavarzi, Tavoos - 3/22/15

Iranian cartoonists mark Persian New Year 1394!

- Nowruz marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the Iranian year. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox, the start of spring in the northern hemisphere. This year Nowruz starts on Friday March 20th at 2245 UTC. Here is a selection of works by Iranian cartoonists on the occasion of Nowruz. - 3/20/15

Videos: Persian New Year, Norouz

- Nowruz, "New Day", is the holiest and most joyful festival of the Zoroastrian year and the most important national festival for all Iranians. Its celebration is recorded from the Achaemenian period around 500 BCE. - 3/20/15

Happy Nowruz and Spring Solstice

- Nowruz is regarded as the birthday of our Blue Planet Earth; Since the time immemorial; Celebrating the history of human existence; On her bosom with spring flourishing trees and blossoms; In hope of Rebirth; In the way Forough Farokhzad recounts in her poem; Let's read it together while remembering... -Roya Monajem, Tehran - 3/19/15

Artists from 12 countries team up to celebrate Nowruz in Berlin

- Artists from twelve countries will come together at the Ethnological Museum in Berlin on March 21 to celebrate Nowruz, the Iranian New Year festival. The artists are from Iran, Turkey, Azerbaijan, India, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and Iraq, all of which observe Nowruz as a national celebration. - 3/19/15

2nd Annual Nowruz Traditional Iranian Costume Parade in Los Angeles

- Farhang Foundation is proud to announce the 2nd annual Traditional Iranian Costume Parade, as part of our Nowruz Celebration this Sunday, March 22nd, 2015 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). - 3/19/15

Iranians Celebrate Chaharshanbeh Souri Festival

- On Tuesday night, Iranians celebrated the ancient Persian tradition of Last-Wednesday-of-the-Year (Chaharshanbeh Souri) as a prelude to Nowruz (the start of the new year). On the evening of Chaharshanbeh Souri, people make fires and jump over them. - 3/18/15

Nowruz, the New Year at the spring vernal equinox

- The flower buds of yellow, violet, red and white crocuses of saffron bulbs intermingled with the blossoms of daffodils, hyacinths, tulips and Persian violets herald the arrival of Nowruz. The Persian New Year, a rebirth and rejuvenation, rightly occurs on the spring vernal equinox. -Davood Rahni - 3/18/15

Sweden embraces Chaharshanbeh Souri in a big way

- Sweden's National Theatre in collaboration with a number of Iranian associations in Sweden is planning the sixth annual Chaharshanbeh Souri celebration in the heart of Stockholm. - 3/17/15

Why We Have Fish For Nowruz?

- Fish as a significant symbolic entity has a long history in Mesopotamia, where they believed that the earliest civilization was formed by men who came out of the sea in form of fish. There are also fish-like creatures that often appear as protectors in mythologies. In Iran, fish as a symbolic creature is documented from the 8th century BC, in Elam. -Massoume Price, Culture Of Iran - 3/14/15

Nowruz Day at the White House

- The Nowruz reception at the White House held on March 11, 2015 by all accounts was a great success. Invited dignitaries, professors and scholars, exchange students, entrepreneurs, government officials and artists, i.e., four generations of Americans with heritage mainly from Iran, as well as those from Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Azarbaijan, Iraq's Kurdistan and the Parsis of India among a number of other nationalities were invited to the extravagant reception. -David Rahni - 3/13/15

The First Lady Celebrates Nowruz at the White House

- On March 11, 2015, First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed all to a celebration of the Persian New Year, Nowruz, at the White House: "For more than 3,000 years, families and communities in the Middle East, Asia, and all around the world, including here in the United States, have celebrated this holiday to mark the renewal of the earth in springtime..." - 3/12/15

Spirit of Nowruz: Global Persian culture celebrated in new London exhibition

- 'The Spirit of Nowruz' exhibition forms one of the main centrepieces of the British Council's UK-Iran Season of Culture. The exhibition showcases and celebrates modern Nowruz festivities as they occur in communities across the world. In 2015 Nowruz, or Persian New Year, is celebrated on the 21st March. - 3/8/15

12 nations seek UNESCO's approval for new Nowruz file

- Twelve countries are seeking UNESCO's approval to register a new file on Nowruz, the ancient celebration of the Iranian New Year that begins on the first day of spring, on its List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. - 3/8/15

IS Militants Destroy Another Ancient Iraqi Site

- Islamic State (IS) militants have reportedly destroyed the ancient town of Hatra in northern Iraq. The act is the latest in a string of attacks on Iraq's cultural heritage, including in the ancient Assyrian city Nimrud and Mosul. - 3/8/15

Photos: Rouhani unveils smuggled Iran artifacts returned from Belgium

- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has opened an exhibition showcasing hundreds of ancient Iranian artifacts returned to the country from Belgium after decades of legal battles. The artifacts were displayed at the National Museum of Iran on Saturday in the presence of Rouhani and other senior Iranian officials. - 1/18/15

Statue of Amir Kabir unveiled in Tehran museum

- A life-sized silicon statue of Mirza Taqi Khan Farahani (1807-1852) known as Amir Kabir, the chief minister of the Qajar king Nasser ad-Din Shah, was unveiled at the Museum of Luminaries of Tehran's Milad Tower. - 1/12/15

Architectural design for mausoleum of Shams of Tabriz unveiled

- The architectural design for the mausoleum of Shams of Tabriz was unveiled during a ceremony on Wednesday in Khoy, which is home to the mausoleum of the tutor of the Persian poet Jalal ad-Din Rumi. The design was created by the acclaimed Iranian architect Nader Ardalan who is a senior research associate at Harvard University. - 1/2/15

New burials discovered in Burnt City (Shahr-e Sukhteh)

- A team of archaeologists has discovered new burials in the 5200-year-old Burnt City (Shahr-e Sukhteh) in southeastern Iran. During a new season of excavation at the cemetery of the ancient site, the team has unearthed a skeleton of woman, who died between the ages of 28 and 30, buried with her child and a marble goblet - 1/1/15

Photos: The Grief of Bam Citadel

- Bam Citadel (Arg-e Bam) is the largest adobe building in the world, located in Bam, a city in Iran's southeastern province, Kerman. Bam Citadel was almost completely destroyed by an earthquake in 2003. After 11 years and despite various restoration operations, ruin scars remain on the Citadel. -Hamid Sadeghi - 12/29/14

Photos: The Citadel of Furg in Birjand

- The Citadel of Furg, or Arg e Furg, is a citadel from the 12th century, located in Iran's South Khorasan province 90 km east of the city of Birjand. The citadel was founded by Meerza Muhammad Rafiee Darmiany I (Lama). Materials used in the building include stone, brick, clay, gypsum, lime and mortar (Sarouj). -Mohsen Nofresti - 12/28/14

Burial of unknown Iranian soldiers at heritage site called illegal

- Iran's Cultural Heritage Department says the burial of unknown soldiers at the Amir Chakhmagh historical site in Yazd is illegal and it is calling on all government bodies to cooperate and refrain from creating tensions. - 12/24/14

Photos: Rock castle of Sirjan

- The rock castle of Sirjan belonging to the Sassanian era, 224-651 CE, is located 7km southeast of Sirjan, Kerman Province in southern Iran. This castle has been registered as one of Iran's national monuments. -Vahid Dehyadgari - 12/22/14

Freer and Sackler Galleries to Release Complete Digitized Collection Jan. 1, 2015

- The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian's museums of Asian art, will release their entire collections online Jan. 1, 2015, providing unprecedented access to one of the world's most important holdings of Asian and American art. The vast majority of the 40,000 artworks have never before been seen by the public, and more than 90 percent of the images will be in high resolution and without copyright restrictions for noncommercial use. - 12/22/14

Lecture in London: Cyrus the Great: Between History and Legend

- The life of Cyrus the Great has been the subject great interest from antiquity to the present. Reza Zarghamee will discuss the aims and methods of his recently published book Discovering Cyrus. - 12/19/14

Persian Architectural Element Windcatcher Featured On Iranian Currency

- The picture of famous windcatcher of Aghazadeh House is printed on the Iranian bill as the Iranian unique structure is going to be registered in world heritage list of UNESCO. The windcatcher of this house is considered as one of the most beautiful and original windcatchers with a height of 18 meters and 19 vents to adjust the temperature even when there is no wind in the region. - 12/18/14

CONFERENCE: From Persepolis to Isfahan: Safeguarding Cultural Heritage

- This conference will focus on protecting the cultural heritage of Iran. As is well known cultural heritage worldwide is under threat, and from many countries there are stories of damage to monuments and archaeological sites allied to ongoing deterioration of cultural resources. - 12/15/14

Forget "300", Meet the Real Xerxes in This Great New Comic

- Google image search "Xerxes" and the first thing that pops up are images from the comic book turned Hollywood blockbuster film 300. Cult author Frank Miller's bizarre, distorted portrayal of the ancient Persian king Xerxes the Great and his battles with the Greeks in 300 is a piece of self proclaimed stylized "propaganda". -Shirin Wertime, Barakabits - 12/4/14

NYC Literary and Culinary Arts Festival Highlights Iranian-American Experience

- Mehregan is a new Iranian-American literary and culinary arts festival celebrating the ancient Iranian holiday marking the coming of Fall. This first annual New York City-based festival will take place Saturday, October 25, 2014 (3pm - 9pm) at Cafe Nadery in Greenwich Village. - 10/22/14

Photos: Polo match is held in Isfahan's historic Naqsh-e Jahan Square to prompt UNESCO to register the sport in Iran's name

- A polo match was held in the world's oldest polo field in Isfahan on the sidelines of the 2014 Inter-City Intangible Cultural Cooperation Network (ICCN) International Festival, General Assembly and Women's Forum. - 10/15/14

The Art of the Shahnameh: Introducing Iran's Epic Poem to a New Audience

- An integral part of Persian civilisation, which stretches back several millennia, it's only right that the Shahnameh, the epic poem by Iran's national poet Ferdowsi, should be given a place within the sphere of international culture, just as Homer's Illiad, Dante's Divine Comedy, Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet and many other of mans creative expressions from world history have. -Ben Mirza, Huffington Post - 9/25/14

Shiraz developments to proceed despite objections

- The Shiraz governor has warned activists opposing changes to the city's historic sites that the developments have all the necessary permits and will go ahead as planned. Last week, five eighteenth-century houses were demolished in the city to allow the extension of the Holy Shahcheragh Shrine. - 9/24/14

Mossadegh: A Film By Roozbeh Dadvand

- Iran. 1959. It is six years after the CIA orchestrated coup d'etat that overthrew democratic Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh from power. Now living under house arrest and suffering from a severe illness, Mossadegh must decide whether or not to trust an American physician that is sent to treat him. - 9/17/14

Xerxes Speaks: A Graphic Novel on Greco-Persian Wars, from Persian point of view

- "Xerxes Speaks" presents the battle of Thermopylae (the subject of the first "300" graphic novel and movie) from a Persian perspective; but it also delves deeper into Iran's first 200 years to analyze the causes and consequences of the empire's rapid expansion. It is well-researched, so I hope you find it educational as well as entertaining. -Ramin Abhari - 9/11/14

Statue of Omar Khayyam to be set up in Manhattan

- A statue of Persian classic poet Omar Khayyam (1048-1131) is scheduled to be installed in Manhattan, New York City. Created by the Iranian sculptor Hossein Fakhimi, the two-meter tall statue was sent from Tehran to New York on Monday evening. - 9/3/14

Necklaces inspired by Persian literature on display at Golestan Gallery

- A collection of hand-made sets of necklaces, inspired by tales from classical Persian literature, is on display at Tehran's Golestan Gallery. "I study ancient Persian tales such as Haft Peykar and Mantiq at-Tayr a lot and my works are mostly inspired by these stories, besides my personal thoughts and experience," designer Reyhaneh Raei told Honaronline on Sunday. - 9/2/14

LECTURE: Recollections of Archaeology in Iran

- Wednesday 17 September in London: Against a background of the close cooperation that existed between all the archaeologists who were working in Iran in the 1960s and 1970s, this lecture attempts to describe the activities of various of the British archaeologists who were working in different parts of Iran at this time. Sites of Iron Age to Achaemenid date will be given particular attention. - 9/2/14

Why UNESCO recognition eludes Iran's Mount Damavand

- Iranian nature lovers must delay their hopes of having Mount Damavand, one of the country's most distinctive features, recognized by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre. The head of Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization says the registration of Mount Damavand on the Natural and Cultural World Heritage list will not be possible unless several government bodies collaborate on the project. - 8/25/14

Over 2500 Susa inscriptions translated

- Over 2500 ancient inscriptions, which were previously discovered in Susa, have been translated, Iranian expert Abdolmajid Arfaei said on Tuesday. The 75-year-old expert on the Avestan, Pahlavi and Elamite languages was assigned in early June to decipher the brick and stone inscriptions, which are kept at the Shush Castle near Susa, the capital of ancient Elam in the southwestern Iranian province of Khuzestan. - 8/8/14

Mesmerizing Interiors Of Iran's Mosques Captured In Rare Photographs By Mohammad Domiri

- Mohammad Domiri, a talented architectural photographer from northern Iran, takes stunning photos of grandiose mosque architecture throughout the Middle East. -boredpanda - 7/29/14

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
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