Iran, Italy to celebrate 60 years of cooperation on archaeological fields

Iran’s tourism minister Ali-Asghar Mounesan and Italian Ambassador to Iran Giuseppe Perrone along with cultural heritage activists will participate in a conference on Sunday 17th November 2019, at the National Museum of Iran to mark the 60 years of bilateral cooperation between Iran and Italy on the archaeology fields.

Iran (IMNA) –The conference which is organized by Iran’s Research Institute of Cultural Heritage & Tourism is aimed to put main subjects of Iranian cultural heritage into discussion.

An exhibition on archaeological matters dedicated to the 60th year of cooperation will be inaugurated at the museum which will be running till December 1. 

According to iranicaonline, Italians participated in the scholarly investigation of ancient Iranian history and culture from the early 20th century on, but Italy’s direct involvement in field archeology in Iran dates from relatively recent times. 

Conservation and restoration work at Persepolis began in 1964. In 1965 it came under the guidance of the conservation expert Giuseppe Tilia, who worked with his wife, A. B. Pettersson-Tilia, on all aspects of preliminary site research, as well as on restoration.

As with Persepolis, the conservation activity at Isfahan, led by E. Galdieri and begun in 1970 in the Friday Mosque (Masjed-e Jomʿa), was based on a stratigraphic analysis of the architectural structures and on soundings conducted underneath the main floor. These contributed to reveal some architectural elements from the pre-Islamic period, to determine the original hypostyle structure as a 9th-century Abbasid mosque in the “Arab” style, and to document architectural activity from the Buyid (10th-11th centuries) and Saljuqid (11th-12th centuries) periods .

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