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ICHTO Neglecting the National Heritage


News Category: Cultural Disaster

 24 November 2005



The latest round of excavations at the Ozbaki hillock of Yan Mound, the oldest Ozbaki site near Tehran, has resulted in the unearthing of remnants from the Silak I excavation round, announced the head of the archeologist team engaged in the area, reported ISNA.

Professor Yousef Majidzadeh complained that the negligence of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) is responsible for the destruction of a major part of the historical site which dates back to the seventh millennium BCE.

He said that the edifices unearthed at Yan Mound and Jeiran Mound had been left without protection for the past three years and parts of the Median fortress and Ozbaki Mound have been exposed to ruin.

Majidzadeh said that archeologists are not responsible for protecting cultural sites and it is the obligation of ICHTO Research Center to safeguard them, but, unfortunately, it failed to do so.

Archeologists cover the structures they unearth by daubing them with adobe which gradually wears thin and should be preserved by respective entities, he added.

“Several years ago, we built a wall around the site in cooperation with ICHTO and took measures to prevent water seeping into the ancient structure by filling the crevices with gravel. However, the baked brick wall was destroyed during the past three years and the ancient structure has been ruined,“ he lamented.

Majidzadeh said that the excavation led to unearthing edifices from the Silak I excavation round at Ozbaki Mound at a depth of 6.5 meters.
The archeologist said that the assumption that both Ozbaki Mound and Yan Mound belong to the same age has proved to be incorrect.

“We could not trace features of Silak I excavation round at Jeiran Mound and only remnants from the Silak II excavation round were unearthed there,“ he concluded.





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