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Ancient Firouzabad structures threatened


24 May 2004


Agricultural activities at the historical site of ?Graveyard Town? in the suburbs of Firouzabad, Fars province, has led to the destruction of cultural heritage sites in the area, Iran Daily reported.

Announcing this, Azamollah Kazemi, an architect of Fars province?s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department, told ISNA that ?Graveyard Town?, which spreads over an area of 400 hectares, includes relics dating back to the Elamite, Achaemenid, Sassanid eras as well as subsequent periods up to the modern time.

He said that no archeological excavations have been conducted in the area so far.

Kazemi said given that the area served as the capital of the Sassanid dynasty, there is a strong likelihood of discovering inscriptions bearing useful information about the area.

Excavation in the area will help archeologists obtain information about Sassanid monuments in Firouzabad as well as the architectural features of fire-temple built during that period.

According to Kazemi, foreign archeological teams carried out excavations at Qala Dokhtar between 1973 and 1979 in addition to undertaking preliminary steps to safeguard the area. However, they did not continue the work following the victory of the Islamic Revolution, he added.

Of course, the experts did their best to prevent the destruction of Firouzabad historical site, but, they could not go on with maintenance of the site due to shortage of fund. The fence they built around the site also collapsed during the earthquake which hit the area in 1993.

Some 70 percent of maintenance works of the ancient fire-temple and 40 percent of the repairs at Qala Dokhtar have been carried out before the executive works were suspended because of the lack of fund.



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