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Concerns Over Illegal Road Construction Plan Over Ancient Bistun Site


04 July 2005



Inscription of Darius the Great at Bistun


Comparative studies of geophysical structures in Bistun plains with the map provided by Roads and Transport Organization of Kermanshah province indicate that a road due to be built will be located on the ruins of an ancient city.

According to CHN, remains of an ancient water distribution network, unique stone mines and probable urban life indicated that the ancient city of Bistun covered an area of 2,500 hectares. Geophysical maps also support this theory.

Director of the Bistun project Maliheh Mehdi-Abadi said that following geophysical studies in Bistun plains and comparing the maps available, the ring road of Kermanshah is due to pass Bistun.

She said that many experts believe that the historical city of Bistun lies buried under the site of the ring road that the Ministry of Roads and Transportation plans to construct.

“If the road is built on the ruins of Bistun, the city will remain buried before it is unearthed,“ she warned.

She said that experts believe that unearthing the city of Bistun is cheaper than constructing the new road. On the other hand, the moral cost of losing the historical city of Bistun is irreparable, Mehdi-Abadi said.

She said that construction of cable car line will have negative impact on registering Taq-e Bostan arch, Kermanshah, on UNESCO’s list of global cultural heritage sites.

She said that construction of the ring road may also jeopardize the registration of Khosrow hunting ground in Kermanshah.

Bistun, is located 20 km to the northeast of Kermanshah on the foothill of a mountain by the same name. There are many pre-historical caves, the inscription of Dariush the Great, statues of Mehrdad the Great, Hercules and Ganj-Namé inscription as well as bridges built during the Sasanid era.




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