two archaeological sites and monuments in the
southern province of Fars dating to different eras
including the Achaemenid, late Achaemenid,
Parthian, Sassanid, and Islamic, are threatened by
the newly constructed dams which are to be flooded
by end of the year.
These 42 sites have been identified during the
preliminary studies by archaeologists behind
Salman Farsi, Mollasadra, and Marvast dams and
experts are hoping to uncover yet more ancient
remains with extensive studies in the area.
The lake behind Marvas dam includes 7 historical
sites and hills dating to the second millennium BC
up to the Islamic period, that of Salman Farsi dam
includes 15 sites from the Elamite to the Islamic
era plus a monument from the beginning of the
Islamic times, and that of Mollasadra includes a
prehistoric hill, 13 graves of the Parthian era,
and 5 other historic and Islamic sites.
Expert with the Iranian Cultural Heritage and
Tourism Organization (ICHTO), Alireza Asgari, told
CHN that the dams are all constructed in
historically important locations, including the
lake behind the Salman Farsi dam which to
archaeologists’ belief is the site of an
important fire temple.
Since the flooding deadline is nearing, time is
running out for archaeologists to carry out
studies and salvation projects there. Experts
believe more sites will be discovered when
excavations are launched in these areas.