cais1.gif (153930 bytes)

CAIS Persian Text.gif (34162 bytes)


The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies

 Persian Section.PNG (9914 bytes)


About CAIS


Daily News

News Archive


CAIS Seminars

Image Library





Contact Us


Facebook-Button.jpg (107165 bytes)




Persepolis Endangered by Smoke from Burning Fields


18 July 2005



The smoke caused by the annual burning of farm fields surrounding Persepolis causes serious damage to the historical site, the director of the Persepolis Complex announced on Monday.


Maziar Kazemi said that the fields are burnt annually in summer after the farmers harvest their crops, adding that the thick smoke caused by the fire deposits soot on the structures of the ancient city.


“The black smoke is a great threat to the stone structures and the bas-relief works, changing their color and causing erosion of the stone structures. It also creates breathing problems for visitors,” he explained.


Persepolis Complex officials have discussed the case with relevant organizations such as the Agriculture Jihad Ministry and the Department of the Environment.


The director of the Marvdasht Office of the Department of the Environment, Qasem Nahavandi, stated that acid rain, air pollution, and smoke are becoming a catastrophe in the region, adding that the office has filed a letter of complaint against the farmers.


He noted that the relevant officials must teach new strategies to the farmers and encourage them to change their old methods.


The farmers burn the fields after the harvest in order to destroy weeds and scraps so that they can begin cultivation sooner, although experts believe this method harms the land and soil over the years.  




my_Iran.jpg (13682 bytes)

"History is the Light on the Path to Future"


Persian_NOT_Farsi_by_Shapour_Suren-Pahlav_3D2.gif (177309 bytes)


Encyclopaedia Iranica

BIPS.jpg (15695 bytes)

The British Institute of Persian Studies

"Persepolis Reconstructed"

Persepolis_reconstructed2.jpg (36944 bytes)


The British Museum

The Royal

Asiatic Society

Persian_Gulf_Facebook.jpg (1935028 bytes)

The Persian Gulf

Facebook Page

Please use your "Back" button (top left) to return to the previous page

Copyright © 1998-2015 The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies (CAIS)