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Kermanshah Historic Sites Looted


23 July 2005



Many historic monuments and ancient hills in Kermanshah province have been damaged in the course of illegal excavations, ISNA reported.

Security manager of Kermanshah Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department, Arash Shambayati, explained that the plundered sites include the Arsacid Lojivaran Hill, Sassanid monuments and prehistoric caves some of which have not been yet registered as national heritage.

"Last year's illegal digging in Lojivaran Hill led to the discovery of scores of Arsacid coins, which were all stolen away by smugglers and excavators," he recalled, adding the department had called on the police forces in the city of Bisotoun to help safeguard the ancient hill against further pillage.

He added that illegal excavators had not been yet identified. "Most of these sites are located in far-off places away from the city and the thefts are committed using the dark of the night," Shambayati elaborated.

Locals in Sirkooh village claim that illegal excavators have looted a historic tombstone, and have also dug nine deep wells near a historic fortress to unearth historic relics.

Another village raided this month by smugglers is Rijab. According to locals, the raiders were armed and used metal detectors. The historic Abdollah bin Omar Mosque, one of the oldest mosques of the Islamic era, is located in this village.

The department has formulated special volunteer groups comprising local inhabitants to safeguard the monuments. "However, since the job is voluntary and no special privileges have been considered for the members, they cannot be obliged to cooperate or provide us with information," Shambayati added.

The raided sites are not registered in the cultural heritage list--a fact which makes it difficult to preserve them.




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