has decided to allow reputable archaeological teams to work on
its historical sites in a bid to enrich local expertise,
announced Hussein Marashi, president of Iranian Cultural
Heritage and Tourism Organization (CHTO) on Wednesday.
Attending a meeting of regional CHTO directors in the
northeastern province of Khorasan, he emphasized on the
importance of archaeology as a science and said, “Expanding archaeological
projects would hopefully uproot plundering of
historical sites and artifacts.”
The deputy of Iranian President noted that Iran currently has
over one million historical sites, whose records would be
totally documented by experts by 2005. He stressed the need to
safeguard cultural properties by deploying law enforcement
officers and applying electronic surveillance systems.
He also said his organization has adopted a plan to grant
permits to archaeological teams whose scientific authenticity
would be approved beforehand. Marashi did not elaborate when the
first host of permits would be issued.
He further mentioned that CHTO intends to found specialized
museums in Iran for the first time, and in that end, would buy
out private properties.