Tehran museum to host 2nd Conference of Sassanid Archaeology and Art

TEHRAN, Oct. 13 (MNA) – The 2nd Conference of Sassanid Archaeology and Art will be held at the Carpet Museum of Iran in Tehran on October 15.

“The Sassanid period is one of the eras that has received little regard,” executive secretary of the conference Milad Vandaii said in press conference ob Saturday.

“This conference will provide an opportunity for archaeologists, historians and scholars to come together and to offer their latest studies about this period,” he added.

Iranian archaeologist Ali Hojabri will present his paper on the classification of the Sassanid square domes.

In addition, Professor Turaj Daryaii of the University of California, Irvine, who is the author of “Sasanian Persia: The Rise and Fall of an Empire”, will present his article entitled “Why was Kartir forgotten in the Middle Persian texts?”

Kartir was a prominent Zoroastrian priest in the second half of the 3rd century CE, known from his inscriptions and mention in Middle Persian, Parthian, and Coptic Manichean texts.

Vandaii is also scheduled to deliver a speech about the role of the Anahita, an ancient Persian Goddess, in the history, art, and architecture of the Sassanids.

The conference has been jointly organized by Kandokav (Excavation), a Persian magazine on archaeology, the Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts organization, and the Carpet Museum of Iran.

The organizers also plan to honor Daryaii with the Negahban Prize for his lifetime achievements in the Iranian archaeology.

The prize, named after Ezzatollah Negahban, the father of modern Iranian archaeology, was established by the organizers during the first edition of the conference in March 2013.

The first Negahban Prize was presented to Mohammad-Yusef Kiaii during the First Conference of Sassanid Archaeology and Art.

By Mehr News Agency


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