October 2020


Sadegh Malek Shahmirzadi

1940 -  2020

The Iran Heritage Foundation regrets to announce the death in Tehran on 12th October of archaeologist Professor Sadegh Malek Shahmirzadi. IHF extends condolences to his colleagues and family. He was born in Shahmirzad, north Iran, in 1940, and studied at the universities of Chicago and Pennsylvania. From 1970 until 2000 he was a professor in the Department of Archaeology in the University of Tehran. He directed many archaeological projects in Iran but will be chiefly remembered for his work at Tappeh Sialk. He founded the Salk Reconsideration Project and conducted five seasons of excavation at this site between 2002 and 2005. 

Responding to the worldwide interest in Sialk, one of the most important sites in the Ancient Near East, the IHF in conjunction with Iranian colleagues organised two seminars on the subject in 2017 & 2018, and although ill-health prevented Dr Malek from attending, it is fitting that the IHF was able to dedicate the resulting publication to him. Details of this book can be found here.