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Illegal Excavations Rampant in Delgan


21 August 2005




Inhabitants of the villages surrounding the historical site of Delgan are engaged in unearthing antiques dating back to 5,000 years ago in an action similar to harvesting potatoes, reported ISNA.

Mohammad Heidari, head of research team of Espidej and Delgan, said that unauthorized excavations are underway in Delgan and that an excavation team from Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) may decide to give priority to excavations in Delgan.

“Our presence in Delgan will be effective in bringing unauthorized digging by villagers to an end,“ he said.

“Unauthorized diggers have plundered artifacts from the Espidej cultural heritage site and have even reached the central section of Hamoun and Jazmourian river banks. They have inflicted heavy damage to antiques found in the area,“ he said.

The official said that unauthorized diggers are villagers and dealers from nearby towns who come to buy the antiques. “They also provide guidance and since the villagers have no knowledge about the actual value of the antiques, they sell what they unearth at a lower price to dealers coming from towns,“ said Heidari.

“Unfortunately, Sistan-Baluchestan and Kerman provinces are close to Jazmourian historical site and the antiques can be found in shallow ground.

There are precious antiques dating back to third millennium BC,“ he concluded.




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