of the construction project of Sivand Dam have
announced that archaeologists will still have one
year to study and save the historical sites of
Bolaghi Gorge from the time the dam is flooded.
Bolaghi Gorge is located 4 kilometers from the
world heritage site of Pasargadae in Fars province
and includes several historical sites and remains.
Experts believe that it has also been the site of
Persia’s key ancient road, called the King Road,
which was constructed by order of Darius, the
According to an executive of Sivand project, Saiid
Jame’ei, the dam will be flooded as planned in
February 2006, however, since it will take one
year for the lake behind the dam to be completely
filled, archaeologists will still be able to
continue with their studies there.
In the recent months, five joint teams of Iranian
and foreign archaeologists including German,
Italian, Polish, French, and Japanese experts have
been working around the clock to identify and save
the historical remains there. So far,
architectural remains, objects, and ancient tombs
dating to the fifth millennium BC up to the
Islamic times have been discovered behind the
Urban developments around the world have made the
construction of new dams indispensable, and when
historical sites fall victim to these
developmental projects, archaeologists have no
choice but to carry on salvation projects to
revive the historical heritage to be drowned.
Aswan Dam of Egypt is one such example.