joint team of Iranian and Polish archaeologists
have collected some 15,000 potsherds from one of
the ancient sites of Bolaghi Gorge behind the
Sivand Dam which will be flooded in one year time.
The 18-kilometer gorge is located 8 kilometers
from the World Heritage Site of Pasargadae in Fars
province. Some experts believe that the site has
been the location of the major ancient road of
Iran connecting Persepolis to Susa. Remains dating
to the cave dwelling period, to the prehistoric
times, up to the Islamic times have been
According to the Iranian head of the joint team,
Ali Asadi, all the pot sherds scattered over the
surface of the site have been collected.
“Preliminary studies show that the pot sherds
are not very sophisticated, which shows that at
the time the works were created, local governments
ruled the area,” explained Asadi.
The pieces are all beige, and experts are now busy
categorizing them and separating the regular ones
from the noteworthy ones.
The Sivand dam constructed in the Bolaghi Gorge is
to be flooded by next year, drowning all
historical monuments and artifacts remaining
there. Salvation attempts are now underway by
different joint teams of Iranian and foreign
experts, including Polish, German and French
experts who are at the time working in the area.
An Italian team also excavated Bolaghi Gorge,
finding a village dating to the Achaemenid era.