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First Steps to Restore Bam Citadel to Get Underway


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 31 December 2003



The restoration of the historical Bam citadel, reduced to rubble in the recent quake in the Kerman province, the first steps will include an analysis, an exact assessment of the destruction, documentation and a projection of the necessary facilities and budget, announced head of the citadel project.

Talebian, also head of Chogha Zanbil project and the Parse-Pasargad foundation, was recently appointed as the head of the restoration research project of the Bam Citadel, following the injury of the head of the research center of Bam Afshin Ebrahimi in Friday’s earthquake.

He said that right now, a committee comprising various experts has been set up in the Cultural Heritage Organization, adding that next week a team of experts in areas of architecture, restoration, documentation and archeology would be sent to the area to start the analysis work and setting up of the restoration center.

The analysis will take as long as two months, with both Iranian and foreign experts taking part in the project.

According to Talebian, many countries such as Italy, the United States, Japan, and international organizations such as UNESCO have announced their readiness to take part in the restoration project; the ICHO committee and UNESCO will be supervising the work of these various groups in the project.

The Bam Citadel, the largest adobe complex in the world, was 80% ruined in the earthquake that hit the area last Friday. The complex dated back to more than 2000 years ago and contained all elements of a city.



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