Ali Akbar Sarfaraz

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Dr. Ali Akbar Sarfaraz is an archaeologist from Iran.[1]

He was formerly a member of the Archaeological Service of Iran.[2]

In 1962, Sarfaraz was a member of a team which excavated an Iron Age site in Yanik Tepe.[3] The excavation uncovered an artifact made of bone and resembling a pair of spectacles buried with the body of a girl.[3] If, as Sarfaraz hypothesized, this artifact once held lenses, they would represent the earliest known use of corrective lenses.[3]

In 1976-77, Sarfaraz led a "rescue excavation" at Khatunban after artifacts plundered from the site were confiscated.[4] In 1999, Sarfaraz directed the excavation of Charkhab Palace of Cyrus the Great.[5]


  1. ^ "Annual symposium of Iranian archaeologists opens". IRIB World Service. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Journal of the British Institute of Persian Studies" 37. 1999. p. 36. 
  3. ^ a b c Mir Ghaffar Sahihi Oskooei, Hormoz Chams, Mohammad Ghassemi Boroumand, Hale Kangari, Ali Salahi Yekta, Hamid Soori, Seyed Mahmoud Tabatabaei Far, Aydin Safati (2010). "Discovery of A Spectacle Made in Millennia BC". Iranian Journal of Ophthalmology 22 (3). 
  4. ^ B. Overlaet, Louis vanden Berghe (2003). The Early Iron Age in the Pusht-i Kuh, Luristan. Peeters. p. 45. 
  5. ^ "Cyrus the Great’ Palace Faces Total Destruction". ANI. 4 October 2009. Retrieved 9 June 2013.