Iranian Center for Archaeological Research (ICAR)
Archaeological activities in Iran date back to over one hundred years ago. Although the Iranian Center for Archaeological Research (ICAR) is, at the moment, under the RICHT but enjoys a rich background. ICAR directs, manages and monitors the archaeological activities within the limits of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Research Groups
•       Research Group for Pre-Historic Period: This group focuses on early human cultures to the rising early cities
•       Research Group for Pre-Islamic Period: This group concentrates on Bronze Age to the end of Sasanian Periods
•       Research Group for Islamic Period: This group works on Early to Late Islamic periods onwards
Aims &Duties
•       Preparation of  Iran Archaeology Map
•       Implementing period and problem oriented archaeological excavations
•       Monitor and control the execution of archaeological activities within Iran
•       Rescue or salvage excavations
•       Issuance of permits for archaeological activities in Iran
•       Establishing the Center for Archaeological Archives
•       Conducting joint archaeological missions with foreign research centers, institutes and universities
Iranian Sites Registered in UNESCO World Heritage List
•       Tchogha Zanbil
•       Persepolis
•       Pasargadae
•       Meidān-e Imam, Isfahan
•       Takht-e Soleyman
•       Bam & Its Cultural Landscape
•       Soltaniyeh
•       Behistun
•       Armenian Monastic Ensembles
•       Shushtar Historical Hydraulic System
•       Sheikh Safi al-din Khanegah & Shrine Ensemble in Ardebil
•       Tabriz Historical Bazaar Complex
•       Persian Gardens
•       Gonbad-e Qabus
•       Masjed-e Jame of Isfahan
•       Golestan Palace
•       Shahre Soukhteh (Burnt City) Site
•       Susa
•       Meymand Landscape
Accomplished & Going Projects
•       Excavation of Saltman in Chehre-Abad, Zanjan, a  joint Iran-Germany project
•       Excavations  at Pārseh  (Persepolis)
•       Preparation of archaeological map of Paleolithic periods: 1000000-12000 B.C. for example Kaldar Cave in Khorramabad, Lurestan with a Spanish delegation;
•       Zohreh Prehistoric Project (ZPP), a multi-purpose archaeological research project at Tol-e Chega Sofla in Zohreh Plain, Khuzestan Province, southwestern Iran; 
•       Excavations  at Damghani Tepe in Sabzevar, Khorasan Razavi Province
•       Excavations at Shahre Soukhteh, a Bronze Age site in Sistan & Baluchistan Province
•       Konar Sandal the northern mound: Jiroft Civilization
•       Excavations  at Iron Age site named Sorkh Dom Laki, Lurestan Province
•       Excavations  at an Elamite site named Jubji, Ramhormuz plain, Khuzestan  Province;
•        Excavations at Scythians Cemetery in Ardabil, northwestern Iran.
•       Excavations  at the Sasanian Great Wall of Gorgan with a British delegation
•       Excavations at Bandian e Dargaz 
•       Alamut Castle excavations
•       Nushabad Troglodytic underground city, in Kashan
•       Urban rescue excavations in Tehran
•       Rural rescue excavations in Lurestan
•       A number of rescue excavations around Seymareh Dam Basin
•       Workshops  on new methods & techniques in archaeology
•       Annual International Symposium of Archaeology in Iran: This symposium is the most important archaeological event in Iran as it covers a wide range of archaeology related activities carried out within any given year by Iranian and foreign scholars and archaeologists.
•       National conferences on particular archaeological issues.
•       Archaeological Expositions: One of the ICAR activities is holding archeological expositions in the National Museum of Iran, in Tehran, or in provincial museums in which newly-found objects are on display for experts and the public.
•       Publication of seasonal excavation reports
•       Publication of comprehensive reports of fully accomplished projects
•       Joint publication of archaeological books with foreign counterparts

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