international committee will be set up to help
save the 129 archeological remains of Tang-e-Bolaghi
gorge that will go under water when the Sivand Dam
is flooded one year from now.
The 18 km Tang-e-Bolaghi is located 4 kilometers
from the world heritage site of Pasargadae and is
considered part of the first capital of the
Achaemenid dynasty. Scholars believe it has been
the kingdom route and the most important road of
the country during the Achaemenid time, connecting
Pasargadae to Persepolis and Susa.
Head of the Pars-e Pasargadae project, Mohammad
Hasan Talebian, told CHN that they are trying to
set up a committee under the supervision of UNESCO
to prevent the loss of the historical sites of the
According to Talebian, scholars from Italy,
France, Japan, Australia, Germany, Poland and
England have so far announced their readiness to
take part in the excavations of Tang-e-Bolaghi,
and it is hoped that more would show up with the
setting up of the committee, which is hoped to
form in the upcoming months.
The formal request to organize the committee has
already been handed to UNESCO and Mounir
Bouchenaki, UNESCO assistant director general for
culture has announced his approval when visiting
the site, said Talebian.
Some 129 historical remains have been discovered
in the area during the recent months, which
include hills, metal kilns, caves and residential
areas dating to the time before Christ, stone
kilns, two group cemeteries, and more than 7
kilometers of border made by stone at the Parthian
Sivand Dam is planned to be flooded by next year
when nearly 8 kilometers of historical sites of
the Tang-e-Bolaghi gorge will go under water.
Dams have been constructed in the recent years to
help economic development and water supply in some
developing countries, but these projects have
endangered their cultural heritage and therefore
scholars have been prompted to save them before
flooding the dams.
Pasargadae ancient site, 70 km north of Persepolis
in Fars province, consists of many historical
treasures like Cyrus Mausoleum and Public Audience
Palace, and is the first Achaemenid capital in
which the oldest Iranian garden system called
Chahar-bagh (4 gardens) was used.
Pasargadae is the fifth Iranian site inscribed on
the World Heritage List in 2004, and therefore
deserves special care and any attempt to endanger
it is prohibited.
The construction of Sivand Dam started in 1992 on
the river of Tang-e-Bolaghi without the permission
of the Iranian Cultural Heritage and Tourism