Iran Heritage Foundation
Friday 31st March, 9.00am-6.00pm
Asia House, 63 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 7LP
Tappeh Sialk, on the outskirts of modern Kashan, is arguably the most important archaeological site in Iran before the Achaemenid period, with occupation dating back over 8000 years to 6000 BC. Excavations here by Roman Ghirshman in 1933-1937, Sadegh Malek Shahmirzadi in 1999-2004, and Hassan Fazeli Nashli in 2008-2009, have provided crucial evidence for prehistoric settlement in Iran and for the arrival of Iranian-speaking tribes in about 1200 BC. In spite of all this, the significance of Tappeh Sialk as a site that is crucial to our understanding of Ancient Iran is still not generally appreciated. To redress the balance, IHF is organising a one-day conference on Friday 31st March / 11th Farvardin 1396 at which there will be presentations on Tappeh Sialk by experts from around the world. The conference will finish with a forum which will discuss the significance of the site, future excavation strategy, how Sialk can be best protected and promoted in the future, and how it can be made better-known worldwide.