Archaeology Committee

Archaeological activities once again brought to view two ancient cities of Kabnak (Haft Tappeh) and Dūr Untaš (Tchogha Zanbil) and formed foundations for the establishment of World Heritage Base of Tchogha Zanbil and Haft Tappeh. These activities had started before establishing the base and are still proceeding. Most of archaeological activities here were done after the base establishment through excavations by Mainz University under Dr. Mofidi at Haft Tappeh and Tchogha Zanbil. In addition, members of the archaeology committee have been conducting field works and researches whenever necessary since the outset.

This committee aims to carry out scientific accurate studies on the two Elamite sites of Tchogha Zanbil and Haft Tappeh as well as their peripheral sites. In order to achieve this goal, archaeology committee benefits from interdisciplinary majors such as linguistics, archaeogeology, zooarchaeology, paleoethnobotany, physical anthropology, archaeoclimatology, and lab sciences besides its usual field works like excavations, surveys, and interpreting old documents. Moreover, studying cultural materials including potsherds, figurines, clay tablets, seals, seal impressions, lithic, and the like could help gain a better insight into the ancient world.

Map preparing is an essential in archaeological studies and more importantly in the sphere of cultural heritage. This committee prepares various maps including maps for archaeological-study purposes, site preservation, tourism, and introduction. Conducting extensive explorations, surveys and excavations at different sites of Khuzestan Plain, interdisciplinary studies with the purpose of knowing subsistence status, environment, and sites’ changes as well as organizing excavation and survey finds are some of the committee’s future plans.