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Congress of Archaeology at Iran National Museum

Congress of Archaeology at Iran National MuseumCongress of Archaeology at Iran National Museum

The archaeology center of the Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism (RICHT) will hold the 13th annual congress of archaeology, reviewing 50 years of geophysical studies in Iran.

The three-day event, which will be held in Iran National Museum from March 1 to 3, provides a platform for those involved in archaeology to present their findings.

Concurrent to the main event, there will be a series of specialized meetings on archaeology interdisciplinary sciences and studies.

The results of a major archaeological research project called ‘Survey, Identify, Anticipate, and Research’ carried out last year throughout the country will be elucidated in the meetings. Lectures on prehistoric, historic, pre-Islamic, and Islamic eras are also planned.

Head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO), Masoud Soltanifar, head of RICHT, Seyed Mohammad Beheshti, and head of Archaeology Center of RICHT, Hamideh Choubak will deliver speeches.

Experts and veterans in the field such as Professor Umberto Scerrato who have played a significant role in the progress of the discipline, will be honored. Scerrato is a world renowned archaeologist and Iranologist, from the department of ancient world studies at the Sapienza University of Rome, Italy.

Archaeological findings in the past Iranian year (ended March 21, 2014) will also be on display.

A collection of papers and abstracts from the event will also be published.

The annual congress of archaeology has evolved from the International Congress of Iranian Art and Archaeology which was first held in 1925 in Philadelphia, USA. Seven editions of the congress were held in different countries including the UK and Russia and in Iran until 1972.

It was eventually reinstated in 1994 in Susa, Khuzestan Province and was warmly welcomed by the archaeology society.

The 12th congress was held last May in Tehran focusing on archaeological activities and achievements.