of the inundation of Sivand Dam has provided an
opportunity for international archaeological teams, who has
previously carried out excavations in Bolaghi Gorge, to
come once again to Iran and restart another season of
excavations on the site. French and Italian teams have so
far applied for carrying out further excavations.
Archaeological excavations in Bolaghi Gorge have revealed
the site’s historical significance to the Iranians and
world community in general.
Last week some of members of Iran’s Parliament
Cultural Commission alongside authorities of the Cultural
Heritage and Tourism Organization of Iran and the
authorities of the Ministry of Energy visited Bolaghi
Gorge and its historical sites; during the visit, the
importance of the site was explained to the members of the
Cultural Commission of the parliament. This visit resulted
in the postponement of the flooding of Sivand Dam for 6
And that postponement has tempted the French and Italian
archaeologists previously working on Bolaghi Gorge to
reapply to return to the site.
Earlier this year, the French alongside the Iranian team
excavated the King Road; based on these excavations, head
of the French team, Rémy Boucharlat, concluded the site
not to be an ancient road but irrigation channels.
A joint Iranian-Italian team also discovered 30 rural
houses with a cemetery belonging to the Achaemenid
dynastic era close to the dam.
“We are quiet ready to continue our excavations in the
region, therefore it has been announced to domestic and
foreign teams to deliver their proposals to
Parse-Pasargadae Research Center,” says Talebian, head
of Bolaghi Gorge Salvation Project and director of
Parse-Pasargadae Research Center.
According to Talebian, most of the excavation groups are
enthusiast to restart their work, and their requests will
probably be approved.
Sivand Dam has been built in Bolaghi Gorge which is known
to have been the location of the ancient Imperial Road and is
one of the historical sites of the Pasargadae. With the
flooding of the dam, 130 historical sites unearthed so far
in Bolaghi Gorge would drown. With the cooperation of
Sivand Dam authorities and Bolaghi Gorge salvation team,
some joint teams from Iran and foreign countries have been
busy with archaeological excavations in the site to save
the main remains of Bolaghi Gorge before the dam starts