of the CHTO should participate in the study projects and
oversee construction of the Karun-4 Dam, said Yahya
dam is currently being constructed on the Karun River,
four kilometers from where the Bazoft and Armaneh rivers
meet on the border of Chahar-Mahal-o Bakhtiari and
feasibility studies began in the 1960s and construction
started in June 2003; some parts of its power plant have
also been installed and the dam will become operational by
2008, Rowhani said.
CHTO is studying the case in order to send teams of
archaeologists to the region, he added.
Ja’far Mehrkian, the head of the archaeological team
tasked with saving the cultural heritage at the ancient
site of Izeh in Khuzestan Province, which is threatened by
the rising waters of the reservoir of the Karun-3 Dam,
said their operations in the Mord Bajul region have been
interrupted due to lack of funding. The Karun-3 Dam became
operational on November 8, 2004.
team of archaeologists had already identified 18 sites
from the Epipaleolithic period (20,000-10,000 BCE),
including 13 caves and four rock shelters in the region.
The river valley also has a large number of rock-carved
reliefs, graves, ancient caves and other remains from the
Elamite era (2700 BCE-645 BCE), many of which are now
other dams, all in advanced stages of construction, have
been identified as threatening Iran’s ancient sites.
months ago, the Gilan Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Department announced that 16 historic sites would be
submerged by a dam that is to be constructed on the
Pol-Rud River near the city of Rudsar in Gilan Province.
addition, construction of the Sivand Dam has begun in the
region of Teng-e Bolaghi, four kilometers from Pasargadae,
the ancient capital of the Achaemenids. The dam is
scheduled to be completed by March 21, 2005 and afterwards
a part of the ancient city will be buried under tons of
mud from the Polvar River. Pasargadae was registered on
UNESCO’s World Heritage List last July.
have also said that the Gilan-e Gharb Dam is threatening a
number of ancient sites dating back to the first
millennium BCE in Iran’s western province of Kermanshah.
ten ancient sites, some from the fifth millennium BCE,
near Hashtrud in East Azerbaijan Province are to be
submerged by the Sahand Dam, which will become operational
seems that there is an iron will to destroy every trace of
the country’s pre-Islamic Iranian cultural heritage, through dam construction
projects, which the regime in Tehran, claims they are a seminal part of the
process of industrialisation and modernisation and
regularly hyped by some government organisations.