رئیس وقت پژوهشگاه میراث فرهنگی و گردشگری ایران (جناب آقای سید محمد بهشتی ) در راس هیاتی شامل آقایان علیرضا حسن زاده رییس پژوهشکده مردم شناسی ، عباس مقدم باستان شناس و علیزاده معاون فرهنگی دانشگاه رازی کرمانشاه با سفر به دانمارک دذ تاریخ 25 فروردین 95 تفاهم نامه همکاری علمی با دپارتمان باستان شناسی - دانشگاه کپنهاگ را امضاء نمودند در این تفاهنمامه همکاری در زمینه های علمی پژوهشی از جمله باستان شناسی ، حفاظت و مرمت ، زبان شناسی و موزه شناسی مورد تاکید قرار گرفته است .
هیئت مذکور علاوه بر امضاء تفاهم نامه مذکور ، دیدار های گوناگونی با مقامات دانشگاهی و دولتی این کشور و همچنین مراکز علمی و فرهنگی را انجام دادند
Iran's research Institute of Cultural Heritage and tourism Institute cooperation With university of Copenhagen
University of Copenhagen Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies and Iran's research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism has just signed a deal that will allow the Iranian and Danish researchers to collaborate on a number of cultural heritage projects.
Archaeologists from both countries slider soon cooperation started with a large-scale research project to map the transition from hunter-gatherer society to agriculture in Iran.
Danish archaeologists, anthropologists and historians have a long and proud research tradition in Iran, but in the late 1970s stopped the Danish researchers' engagement in the country. Thanks to the cooperation agreement recently signed between theDepartment of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies and Iran's Department of Cultural Heritage and Tourism, archaeologists can Peder Mortensen and Tobias Richter soon take the first sod for a major archaeological project to examine Iran's earliest farming communities.
Professor Seyyed Beheshti from Iran's Department of Cultural Heritage and Tourism said:
- Research and cultural cooperation between Denmark and other countries, such as Iran, makes an important contribution to creating greater understanding between communities.Despite their small size play courses like Near Eastern archeology and Persian a crucial role when it comes to making contacts between researchers and students across borders and cultures. We look forward to discussing the possibilities of several collaborations with our Iranian colleagues, complements Department Ingolf Thuesen from the Department of Cross-Cultural and Regional Studies.- It has for a long time not been possible to cooperate with the University of Copenhagen, which we previously made very successful projects with. Therefore, it is with great pleasure that we can now resume the cooperative relationship with such an exciting archaeological project. We hope that in future we can establish similar collaborations in diverse research fields.
Old excavations examined with new technology
The transition from hunter-gatherer to agricultural societies is one of the biggest upsets in the history of mankind; the first great civilizations that arose in the Middle East about 7,000 years ago, would not have been possible without a stable food production. The transition did not happen from one day to the other. It was a long process that stretched over thousands of years and over large geographical areas. One of the areas is the Zagros Mountains of western Iran, where hunter-gatherers between 13,500 years BC to 6,500 BC gradually began to live more non-migrant and grow crops.
- The prevailing theory is that agriculture emerged and spread from the Levant - iecountries such as Syria, Israel and Lebanon on the Mediterranean eastern coasts. But it is in our opinion just as much about that especially the Levant, has been studied extensively for many years. Further east in the Zagros Mountains in Iran, there are several areas that are at least as interesting in terms of understanding the transition from a hunter-gatherer culture to a farming culture, said archaeologist Tobias Richter from the University of Copenhagen.
CL David Foundation and Collection has donated 20 million kroner to the archaeological investigations in the Zagros Mountains, which Peder Mortensen and Tobias Richter hope that soon they can start with their Iranian counterparts. With the generous donation they will be able to complete the work, which only began 40 years ago:
- We want to create a more detailed picture of the chronology of the cultural, climatic and landscape changes as the area underwent some thousand years. The technological development of archeology has been rapid over the last 40 years and we can now make much more precise dating and analysis of the material that we find at work, such as human and animal bones, but also plant residues. Moreover, it is now possible to analyze the chemical composition of objects and thus where they come from. That way we can get an accurate picture of hunter-collectors settlement patterns and mobility, explains Tobias Richter.
Danish-Iranian cooperation and exchange
In addition to the research benefits of the project it also opens up for collaboration between education and research institutions in Denmark and Iran, who for many different reasons have been unable cooperation for many years.
The project means among other things that Danish archeology students and young researchers can come to Iran and work, and will put money for scholarships for Iranian students who have the opportunity to study at the University of Copenhagen.