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A Sassanid Dam Discovered on Dez River in Southwestern Iran

 

News Category: Sasanian Dynasty (224-651 CE)

 26 December 2005

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) - The remnants of a Sassanid dam were recently discovered on the Dez River in southwestern Iran’s Khuzestan Province, the Persian service of CHN reported on Monday.

 

The dam is one kilometer long, and its 50 aqueducts have survived the ravages of time, Khuzestan Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department expert Yaqub Zalqi told CHN.

 

“It rains heavily in the region in winter. Iranians at the time of Sasanian dynasty, who were famous for their skills in dam construction, built the dam to control flooding caused by heavy rain. The speed of the water was further slowed by other dams near the Sassanid city of Jondishapur near Dezful,” he added.

 

The many companies extracting sand from the bed of the dam reservoir are not informed about it, and their operations may weaken the dam’s bases, Zalqi explained.

 

The great Dez Dam lies about 30 kilometers upstream from where the Dez River meets the Karun River.

 

 

 

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