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Monday, 25 February 2013 09:41

House of Archeology Opens

Iran’s House of Archeology has been inaugurated in the house of late Iranian writer, translator and novelist Jalal Al-e-Ahmad in Tehran.

The initiative was made in cooperation with the Research Center of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) and the Tehran Cultural Heritage Department.

The measure will help open a new chapter in the activities of Iranian archeologists and boost the archeology sector in the country.

Speaking in the opening ceremony, ICHHTO Chief Mohammad Sharif Malekzadeh said that with the inauguration of the house, various archeological courses of studies will be devised to further help disseminate the national identity and culture of Iranians.

He said that all discoveries of archeologists will be published in the form of books within three months.

The ICHHTO chief expressed hope the archeological map of the country would be prepared in the near future, adding that a scientific and research committee will be formed to compile the discoveries.

Malekzadeh said that no exhibition has so far been held on archeological excavations undertaken in the country, adding that such a measure is necessary.

Meanwhile, the Sixth Conference of Tour Guides was held concurrently with the inauguration of Iran’s House of Archeology.

Manouchehr Jahanian, the deputy head of ICHHTO for tourism, said the arrival of domestic and foreign tourists in the historical and natural resorts of the country will increase at the beginning of the next Iranian year (starting March 21).

He said tour leaders play a very important role in attracting tourists.

The official noted that various training courses should be devised for tour guides, adding that they should be provided with up-to-date information.

Referring to the necessity of holding monthly provincial meetings for tour guides, he said that tour leaders play a very important role in introducing the unidentified or less identified tourism destinations to travelers.

Jahanian pointed out that 2,605 tour guides were active across the country by the year to March 2005, adding that the figure increased by 120 percent to reach 6,268 by Feb. 18 , 2013.

He noted that Tehran province has 3,767 tours guides and ranks first in the country in this respect. It is followed by Fars, Isfahan, Khorasan Razavi and Yazd provinces.

Jahanian went on to say that 50 billion rials have been allocated to holding training courses for tour guides.

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