Tehran Times Culture Desk
TEHRAN (MNA) -- A team of British and Iranian archaeologists is currently studying the archaeological sites in Bushehr, the director of the Bushehr Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department announced on Sunday.
Comprised of archaeologists from Irans Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (CHTO) and experts from Britains University of Durham, the team began its work in late November in Bushehr Province on the northern coast of the Persian Gulf, added Ardeshir Mohammadi Bagh-Mollai.
Bushehr is the capital city of Bushehr Province in southwestern Iran and is located on the Persian Gulf.
The British Academy, the British Institute of Persian Studies, and another group from London are sponsoring the project. The team is led by Dr. Robert Carter from the University of Durham and Hassan Tofiqian, an expert from the CHTOS Center for Archaeological Studies.
The team is surveying the potential of the region for upcoming studies with the aim of precisely locating and mapping archaeological sites.
Bushehr Province has many potential archaeological sites, some located in urban areas, and more Iranian and foreign archaeologists are expected to work here in the future, Mohammadi said.
The team also intends to study regional settlements from the Chalcolithic periods (7000?-3500? B.C.).
Studies which have been carried out over the years show that the Persian Gulf was a trade center during the Elamite, Achaeminid, Parthian, Sassanid, and Islamic eras and traces of these civilizations have been unearthed in the region, Mohammadi stated.
Two experts from the University of Pennsylvania are to join the team to study the changes in the coastline and damage to potential archaeological sites caused by the rise in the sea level, he said in conclusion.
They best get on with it -- before the region becomes contaminated with radioactive materials from the (former) Bushehr reactor.