History and Archaeology
The latest news and views about history and archaeology
Where is the oldest human settlement in Iran?
The results of recent excavations conducted jointly by Iranian and French archeological teams at the Qal-e Kord Cave in the city of Avaj, in the northwestern province of Qazvin, show the cultural deposits in the vicinity of the cave are more than 400,000 years, making it the oldest human settlement discovered in Iran.
Remains of 6000-year-old house unearthed in Iran’s Kashan
The director of Iran’s National Museum says excavations at the Sialk Archeological Hills in the central city of Kashan have unearthed the remains of a house dating back to the 4th millennium B.C.
A mixture of Iranian and Chinese architecture in the Dragon Temple
In Dashkasan Temple, which some tourists call the Dragon Temple, a wondrous mixture of Iranian and Chinese architecture has created a unique work of art.
4 graves discovered beneath rural houses on historical Ahranjan Hill
The head of the Ahranjan Hill Stratigraphy Program has announced the discovery of four tombs dating back to the Chalcolithic Age under rural houses. The hill is one of the most important historical sites in northwestern Iran.
5,000-year-old relic discovered in southeast Iran
An antiquity dating back to the 3rd millennium BC has been dug out in southeastern Iran.
Iran Tourism Minister visits historical sites in Yazd
Seyyed Ezzatollah Zarghami, Minister of Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism has visited the Qanat of Zarch in the Iranian province of Yazd.
Iran ready to repair damaged historic monuments of Syria
The deputy head of Iran’s Ministry of Tourism has said Iran is ready to repair Syria’s historic monuments which were damaged in the war on terrorist groups like Daesh. Ali Asghar Shalbafian said Iran is capable to do that and can share its experience with Syria.
Iran discovers new inscriptions at Persepolis
Iranian archeologists have discovered several landmark inscriptions in Takhte Jamshid’s Mount Rahmat Mountain.
Parthian Rhyton Discovered in Iran’s Iron Age Cemetery
The Iranian researchers have found a Parthian era clay rhyton shaped in the form of wild goat in a graveyard in Semnan province, in eastern Tehran.
Ancient Objects Unearthed at Site of ‘Lost City’ in Western Iran
Archaeologists have dug out objects belonging to the Seleucid, Parthian and Islamic (Ilkhanid) eras while searching the site of the Laodiseh temple in the city of Nahavand in the west-central Iranian province of Hamadan.
Researchers Announce New Discovery in Historical Graveyard in Northern Iran
New excavations at Liar Sang Bon Cemetery in Iran’s northern province of Gilan have found a direct connection between the size of the graves and the social rank and status of the people buried there.
Tirgan; A Splendid Festival of Ancient Persia
The Tirgan Festival, along with Nowruz, Mehregan and Sadeh festivals, is among the most important festivities of ancient Iran, which used to be performed with special splendor.
Ancient Iranian Castle among Top National Heritage Sites
The Kent castle, named after a nearby village, is a historical monument dating back to the Afsharid era.
Exhibition of Ancient Persian Artefacts Opens in London Museum
An exhibition of artifacts belonging to Ancient Persia has opened at the Victoria and Albert Museum of London, showcasing Iran’s 5,000-year-old history
Remains of 12,000-Year-Old Infant Discovered in Hotu Cave in Northern Iran
Archaeologists have found one-of-a-kind traces of pre-historic hunter humans during exploratory work at Hotu cave in the northern province of Mazandaran.
Remains of Historical Iron Foundries Found in Central Iran
Sites of ancient iron foundries dating back to the Achaemenid era have been discovered in the central Iranian province of Yazd.
Iran Showcases Handkerchief Soaked with Nasser al-Din Shah Qajar’s Blood
The image of a blood-soaked handkerchief belonging to Nasser al-Din Shah Qajar, the 19th-century Iranian king, has been put on public display at the Golestan Palace, the former royal complex of the Qajar Dynasty in the Iranian capital, Tehran.
Palace of Ardeshir: A Unique 3rd-Century Structure in Southern Iran
The Palace of Ardeshir Babakan (Papakan) in Fars province, southern Iran, dates back to the Sassanid era.
Sharafkhaneh Port: A Unique Town in Northwestern Iran
The Sharafkhaneh port is one of the largest and oldest ports of Lake Urmia in northwestern Iran.
Rangooniha Mosque: An Awe-Inspiring Monument in Southern Iran
The Rangooniha Mosque is one of Iran’s most invaluable mosques with a completely different architecture.
Iran Returns 28 Antiquities Smuggled to Austria
Twenty-eight ancient Iranian relics illegally smuggled out of Iran have been returned home from Austria.
Ancient Cup Inspires Logo of Iran’s Team at Tokyo Olympic Games
The “Arjan” cup with a history going back thousands of years has been designed and unveiled as the official symbol of the Iranian team at the 2020 Summer Olympics scheduled to be held in Tokyo from July 23 to August 8, 2021.
New Historical Rock Carvings Found in Western Iran
Ancient rock carvings have been newly discovered in the western Iranian province of Lorestan, according to the province’s Department of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts.
Gate of Cyrus the Great Discovered Near Persepolis in Southern Iran
The ancient Gate of Cyrus the Great has been discovered near Persepolis, the ceremonial capital of the Achaemenid Empire (c. 550–330 BCE), in southern Iran.
Ancient Iranian City Built on Natural Terrace
The town of Dahaneh-Gholaman in southeastern Iran was discovered by Italian archaeologists in 1959.