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CAIS ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS©

 

Pasargadae Security Guards Doubled

 

News Category: Achaemenian Dynasty (550 - 333 BCE)

 20 December 2005

 

 

As a result of recent destruction of a staircase in the “Holy Area” of Pasargadae, and pressure from international community concerned about safety of the ancient site, tighter security measures were implemented. The officials have  doubled the number of security guards, totalling 12, while Pasargadae historical site requires over 500 security guards.


Recently, some illegal diggers destructed parts of a staircase in the “Holy Area” of Pasargadae to find a treasure hidden in that place. For an unknown reason, this ancient area of Pasargadae was not built inside the Complex; thus safeguarding it was not taken seriously by the officials until the smugglers destroyed part of this historic site.

Mehdi Safari, deputy director of the Cultural Heritage Police Department of Fars province said: “After what happened, the police department added six security guards to protect this ancient site day and night.”

The “Holy Area” is as important as the Tomb of Cyrus the Great in Persepolis and the destruction of its staircase is as worse as the damage to one of the pillars of Persepolis. This area has been constructed during Achaemenid era by the order of Cyrus himself.

“Since such damage was unprecedented in Pasargadae, we don’t have a clear idea who might be responsible for it, but the police forces are searching for the suspects,” said Safari.

Regarding the inability of the police department in protecting those historical monuments outside of the Parse and Pasargadae area, Mohammad Hassan Talebian, head of Parse and Pasargadae Foundation said, “Outside of the protected area of Parse and Pasargadae, there are so many historical monuments, including the “Holy Area”, that it would require some 500 security guards to protect them all. Therefore, the best way to protect this ancient area is to awaken the people about their responsibilities toward their cultural heritage.”

Pasargadae is the most important ancient site of Iran which is located in Fars province. This unique site was constructed by the order of Cyrus the Great, the founder of Achaemenid Dynasty, and was registered in UNESCO’s List of World Heritage Sites last year.

 

Lack of fund, inattentiveness and despitefulness of the top-officials towards pre-Islamic Iranian heritage are the main causes of these illegal activities.

 

 

 

 

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