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Mine Explosions Destroying Sasanian ’Da va Dokhtar’ Fortress


News Category: Cultural Disaster

 27 December 2005



LONDON, (CAIS) - Director of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department in Ramhormoz, Khuzestan province Fardin Bigdeli has said that a series of explosions at a gypsum mine in the vicinity of the Sasanian fortress of ’Da va Dokhtar’ has destroyed a major part of the historical edifice.

He said that strong explosions which were set off by the Plaster Company to exploit gypsum from the mine near Ramhormoz have caused insecurity for inhabitants of the city and destroyed a major part of the cultural heritage of ’Dâ va Dokhtar’ (mother and daughter) Fortress.

Bigdeli said that provincial Cultural Heritage Department has filed a complaint with the court of justice against the Plaster Company, but, the explosions have not stopped yet.

He said that ’Da va Dokhtar’ Fortress which dates back to the Sasanid dynastic era was registered as a cultural heritage site in 2000. It is 5 km north of Ramhormoz.

The official said that ’Da va Dokhtar’ Fortress had two parts but one part was leveled to the ground. It also had watchtowers.

He noted that the fortress was built to watch over caravans carrying merchandize to Susa from Pasargadae. Palace guards in the area were stationed in the fortress.



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