initial surveys in 129 ancient sites of the 18-km Tang-e-Bolaghi
gorge, archaeologists have set priorities for salvage
program in this important site which will be washed up by
flooding Sivand dam in early 2006.
Tang-e-Bolaghi gorge located near UNESCO world heritage
site of Pasargadae, contains 129 historical sites, ranging
from prehistory to remains of the Qajar dynasty which fell
According to Alireza Asgari, archaeologist working with
Parse & Pasargadae project, Italian team will work in
Achaemenid sites, Polish team in Sassanid sites, Japanese
team in Neolithic sites, French team in prehistoric and
Achaemenid sites, German team in Achaemenid mines and
smelting furnaces, and Australian team in prehistoric and
International archaeologists are expected to start work in
the area by next month.
The dam's opening was planned for next March but the
Iranian energy ministry has delayed it to early 2006 to
give the archaeologists more time to examine the sites.
18-km Tang-e-Bolaghi that, according to some experts, has
been a king’s road, in a distance of 4 km from
Pasargadae world heritage site, is the most important
ancient road in Iran and used to connect Pasargadae to
Persepolis. It contains residences that date back to more
than 2000 years ago.
Pasargadae in Fars province is only four kilometers away
from the Tang-e-Bolaghi gorge.
are hopeful that Cyrus the Great's capital city, renowned
for its palaces, gardens and the tomb of the founder of
the Achaemenid dynasty, would be only marginally affected.
Pasargadae was built on the site where Cyrus the great
defeated his grandfather Astyages, the last Median emperor, in
550BCE. It has an added importance today because it is
believed to be the capital of the first World empire which
respected the cultural diversity of its people.