Jaleh Kamalizad

Research interest

As an Islamic archaeologist, my focus is on society and subsistence in Isfahan during the medieval and post-medieval period. My current research interests stem from my desire to understand the role of Zayandeh rud river water management on the settlement patterns and agricultural based economy of Isfahan and recently, I have directed the first season archaeological survey along the river basin in a project entitled “Isfahan hydraulic heritage”.

In the current research program dedicated to the Iranian Highlands, I intend to study Firūzān, one of the three major thriving towns of Isfahan during the Ilkhanid Period (1256–1353). Based on my previous studies in 2015; Firūzān located about 25 km southwest of Isfahan and it was extended on both sides of Zāyandeh rūd river. In the middle of 8th A.H/14th A.D, this settlement was developed to a flourishing town and was chosen as the center of Lanjān region. So this question arises what socio-economic mechanisms with higher degrees of resilience were used in Firūzān that enabled this town to adapt with different stresses after Mongol invasion. This research aims to examine characteristics of Firūzān as an Ilkhanid town with an agricultural economy that played a supportive role to urban society of Isfahan by using landscape archaeology.

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