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Constructions Threaten Submerged Archaeological Sites


11 July 2005



Archeologists have warned that construction and research operations, including the building of jetties and oil installations along the coast, can harm the archeological sites located in seashore areas.

According to CHN, Iran is an important country which has had elaborate shipping and port facilities as well as a strong naval force since the ancient times given its proximity to the seas.

Preliminary archeological studies reveal that some sections of the ancient cities and jetties were submerged by advancing sea waters and these structures can now be examined.

Head of Underwater Archeology team Hossein Towfiqian said that many organizations and institutions, particularly Ports and Shipping Organization, Oil Ministry and Fisheries Organization, are involved in construction operations without prior coordination with Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO). Such rampant activities can destroy underwater sites, he added.

“For example, Fisheries Organization has inflicted damages to archeological sites by creating areas for shrimp farming,“ he said.
Noting that the southern and northern coasts are home to significant historical ruins, Towfiqian added that if organizations and institutes provide the ICHTO with relevant information before undertaking projects, it will be able to prevent the destruction of the archeological sites.




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