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CAIS ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS©

 

Path through Sivand Gorge to be Saved from Inundation

 

News Category: Achaemenian Dynasty

 24 November 2005

 

 

Based on the agreements between the authorities of Sivand Gorge also known as Bolaghi (Tang-e Bolaghi) archaeological rescue operation and Fars province water authorities, the path through the Sivand Gorge, which started from the the Achaemenid Imperial Road, will remain open.

With lowering the water level of Sivand Dam, the Imperial Road, which is one of the world's unique architectural structures belonging to the Achaemenid dynastic era, will be saved from inundation. Rescue operation of the the Imperial Road resulted in opening of the path through Sivand Gorge as well.

“During the ancient times, the roads of Sivand Gorge were built beside the mountains to connect men to the gorge. This led to the agreement of the Dam authorities to establish a path for entering the Sivand Gorge, so that it provides the opportunity for the visitors to reach the Gorge through the the Imperial Road,” says Mohammad Hassan Talebian, head of Parse and Pasargadae research center and director of Sivand Gorge Salvation Project.

According to Talebian, carrying out the project requires the authorities of the dam not to close the path through the gorge, and some agreements were reached in this regard as well.

“Fortunately the dam’s shutters have been designed in a way that gives the dam’s operators the chance to adjust the flooding of the reservoir, therefore with cooperation and coordination between the organizations the path through Sivand Gorge can be kept open,” added Talebian.

Sivand Dam has been built in Sivand Gorge which is known to have been the location of the ancient the Imperial Road and is one of the historical sites of the Pasargadae. With the flooding in this area, 130 historical sites unearthed so far in Sivand Gorge would drown. Now with the cooperation of Sivand Dam authorities and Sivand Gorge salvation team, some joint teams from Iran and foreign countries are busy with archaeological excavations in the site to save the main parts of Sivand Gorge before its flooding.

According to previous agreements with Fars province water authorities, the flooding of the dam will be carried out on a date agreed upon by ICHTO and the organization has the right to have complete supervision on the method of watering the dam during the initial process.

The the Imperial Road is one of the unique historical evidence dates back to the Achaemenid dynasty. The Road is a mystery to archeologist; while French believes that the the Imperial Road was a location of an irrigation channel, Iranians believe that it should have been a part of hunting ground during the Achaemenid dynasty.

The Imperial Road was a major intercontinental thoroughfare and a chef-d’oeuvre of the Achaemenid dynastic era, built by the Achaemenid emperor Darius the Great (r. 521-485 BCE), to allow and easy access to the cities of the Persian Empire. This road was constructed with a straight cut from the mountain and the pavement of the foothill.

 

 


Source: CHN

 

 

 

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