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Ancient Water Dike Examined by Underwater Archaeology Experts

 

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Sasanian Dynasty

 07 October 2003

 

 

 

After about one month, examination operation of the water structure of the Mizan dike in south-western city of Shoushtar, which belongs to the Sasanian era, has been completed.

“Damage estimation and boring pit digging operations have been conducted in two stages in order to render a report regarding the extent of the damage inflicted on the Mizan Dike and start the renovation works”, said Mireskandari, head of the archaeological works team.

He went on to say: “This dike has sustained heavy damages, i.e. the walls are being destroyed in the course of time and since the pillars have come loose, water permeated under the dike and is washing it away. Meanwhile, the extent of damage is marked on the map and its pictures and films are also available. In my opinion, innovation works should start as soon as possible, for it seems that the dike will be totally destroyed if left untended.”

Mentioning that the rear part of the dike is covered by layers of sediments, Mireskandari added by digging six pits at different depths, it has been known that the sediments have permeated deep onto the river bed and it should be dredged. Considering the observations, a proposal for Mizan Dike renovation has been submitted to the Cultural Heritage Organization but it is not yet clear which organization will take the responsibility for the renovation works, because Karoun river can hardly be confined.

The bridge of Mizan band has been built across the Karoun river towards Shoushtar in order to balance the water level of Karoun river, so that the river stream, reaching the dike, splits into two directions, named Gargar and Shatit.

 

 

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