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The Asia-Pacif16406421_1456331164400802_6177294032544206441_nic Conference on Underwater Cultural Heritage (APCONF) aims to address management and  protection strategies of underwater cultural heritage in Asia and the countries of the Indian and Pacific Oceans in the 21st Century (more info). One of 17 themes in this conference is “Iran’s Maritime Cultural Landscape” (the theme number 6). This theme includes as summary:

The country of Iran benefits from having a long coastline. Sea spaces and coastlines were attractive settlements for humans throughout history. These extensive maritime landscapes have resulted in interactions between human and sea along the northern (Caspian Sea) and southern (Persian Gulf and Sea of Oman) coastlines of Iran.  Iran’s rivers and lakes contain a great deal of evidence of human habitation and interaction. Due to the country’s long history of maritime culture, we can also observe sea effects on coastal communities in Iran. Maritime archaeological studies in Iran, however, are at a nascent stage.


In the 1990’s, a small group of archaeologists from the Iranian Center for Archaeological Research (ICAR) investigated in the north of Persian Gulf to decode its unknown history. In 2000, the first coherent and planned activities of that group produced the “Underwater Surveys around the shores of Siraf Port in Bushehr Province”. After that, the team surveyed “Bandar-e Rig”  (Rig port), Portuguese castles in Siraf port, Southern Shores of the Bushehr Peninsula in the Persian Gulf. The team has worked on sites from “Shushtar’s Band-e Mizan” (Shushtar barrier), “Takht-e Suleiman” Lake, and the Amir Abad and “Zaghmarz” shipwrecks; the “Tammīsheh and Gorgān” Underwater Walls, and the “Ghorogh” and “Rudsar” shipwrecks. These projects were published in Persian by a domestic magazine. The team then prepared and distributed a booklet titled of “Iran, Underwater Cultural Heritage and It’s Share in Maritime Archeological Studies” for the annual meeting of States Parties of The UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage in 2016. Next, UNESCO and ICHTO held “Training Workshop on Underwater Archaeology with a Focus on the UNESCO 2001 Convention” in Iran. These activities are continuing and we hope for some continued progress in maritime archaeological studies and international cooperation“.

It is the first time that Iran takes part with the theme of “Iran’s Maritime Cultural Landscape” in this international conference (APCONF). This conference will hold from 27th November to 2th December in Hong Kong on Asia-pacific zone.  The deadline of sending this abstract is by 31th march. All submissions should be made to:

Iran didn’t take part in two pre-conferences. Previous Asia-Pacific Regional Conferences on Underwater Cultural Heritage held in Manila, Philippines (Inaugural Conference) 2011 and  Honolulu, Hawaii, 2014. As we mentioned above: Maritime archaeological studies in Iran, however, are at a nascent stage. For this purpose, we invite international experts and students in this field to present papers. We want to use of international experts’ ideas to move forward side by side with international community of maritime archaeology and UNESCO convention 2001. By this way, we can use of their experiences and extent our field of research. Therefore, we received all ideas and papers with open arms.

c28c00c7d0The workshop focuses on the 2001 Convention and seeks to clarify what Underwater Cultural Heritage (UCH) actually is, what maritime archeologists do and how to preserve UCH; photo credit: unesco.org | more info

Dr. Hossein Tofighian and I (Ramin Adibi) are organizers of this panel (Iran’s Maritime Cultural Landscape) and support everyone who interested in taking part in this field. there are more information about the biographies of Hossein Tofighian, Ramin Adibi and sara asadi gharabghi.

A member of faculty and assistant professor of Research Institute of Cultural Heritage & Tourism (RICHT). His field of study is about Sassanid period around Persian Gulf. He has been working on maritime archaeological studies in Iran particularly underwater cultural heritage of Persian Gulf for 15 years. Email: htofighian@yahoo.com | ResearchGate


Presentation1M.A. in archaeology and a member of ‘PADI’, focused on Caspian Sea as “maritime archaeological studies”, especially about Maritime Cultural Landscape of Caspian Sea. Runs a magazine called “Archaeology of Maritime Landscape”. Email: Ramin.adibi2012@gmail.com ; info@farhang-darya.com | twitter| Academia| LinkedIn | Facebook


Master of marine ecology, with twelve years of experience in scuba diving(marine archaeology diving , scientific diving ,fun diving ,sport diving ). Committed towards research and analysis of research work and interested to handle and study about the marine environmental issues. Email: suluk.oreka@gmail.com


Our interesting subjects are:

  • Iran, Underwater culture heritage and law
  • Significance
  • In situ Protection
  • Protection and Management
  • Preservation

We hope that visit each other at the Asia-pacific conference(APCONF)

Persian Version | نسخه فارسی 

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