The First City of the Last Empire: Geoarchaeology of the Sasanian Circular City of Gur

Project Acronym: AQUA-IGNIS

Topics: Antiquity, Environment, Reconstitution, Hydraulics, Urbanism

Disciplinary Fields: Archaeology, Geo-Archaeology, History, Palaeo-Environment

Summary: The AQUA-IGNIS project seeks to reconstruct the genesis of the circular city of Firouzabad, Iran, and its environment in late Antiquity. This city was the first urban administrative centre established during the last Persian empire, the Sassanid Empire. Archaeologists and historians question the environmental factors and impacts of this site, which was established ex nihilo around 224 in a fully irrigated area surrounded by mountains. To answer these questions, the AQUA-IGNIS project plans to carry out research at the crossroads of geo-archaeology, palaeo-environmental methodology and the methods of archaeology of buildings and topography.

Project Interlocutor: Morteza Djamali (IMBE, UMR 6372)

International Cooperation:
-France: Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et d’Ecologie marine et continentale; Laboratoire d’Archéologie Médiévale et Moderne en Méditerranée
-Italy: University of Bologna
-Iran: University of Chiraz; Institut National Iranien pour l’Océanographie et les Sciences Atmosphériques

Project Duration: 10/01/2019 – 09/30/2021

Call of Proposal: International 2018

Photography Credits: Photo by mostafa meraji on Unsplash


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