An Introduction to the Maritime Construct of Khashabat in the Persian Gulf

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Title

An Introduction to the Maritime Construct of Khashabat in the Persian Gulf

Description

The history of maritime routes and communications in Iran dates back to a long time ago. In ancient times, to prevent dangers for their ships such as water thinness and thawing near coasts, the shallow depths and narrowness of rivers at the mouth of seas, Iranians installed a mechanical device called khashabat or Khushab (lighthouse). This maritime device has been made out of teak wood in the form of a catapult and imperfect pyramid. The height of a khashabat was about 40 meters above the sea level. Its materials were pottery and stones. The watches on a khashabat were deployed in four-arched chambers on its top. The significance of the khashabat was because of natural disasters, the invasion of pirates, and expiration of their fuel. Historical resources indicate that khashabats or lighthouses in the sea exited until the 13th century. The present study is aimed at investigating functions and significance of khashabats in traditional cruise and the reasons for their construction. In addition, places where this Iranian technology and engineering were used are introduced.

Creator

Mostafa Karimi

Publisher

The Museum of Underwater Archaeology

Date

11/24/2017

Rights

Mostafa Karimi

Files

KarimiFINAL.pdf

Citation


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