archeological research centre at Burnt City (Shahr-e
Sukhtah) and its satellite towns has only three security
guards and no vehicle to patrol the area, reported ISNA.
While the historical site is not adequately protected, it
is least exposed to threats such as illegal excavations
given that it is located close to a military camp.
Director of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department at
Burnt City Alireza Khosravi said that the total area of
Burnt City which should be protected is 152 hectares and
about 500 historical villages are scattered over an area
of 50 hectares. The villages have only been identified and
nothing has so far been done to protect the region, he
The official said that the three guards stationed at Burnt
City do not have a vehicle to patrol the area.
He stated that illegal excavations are common in
Sistan-Baluchestan province and no one can say that the
Burnt City is really safe from such unlawful acts.
However, there is police station in the neighborhood of
Burnt City and this effectively checks illegal excavations
in the area.
Khosravi listed several items necessary for the office as
Geographic Positioning System (GPS) and cameras.
“We have hired seven computers and a camera. We do not
have a car to transport the experts. This is the only base
active in Sistan-Baluchestan province, but, unfortunately
without any equipment,“ he concluded.