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ICHTO Seeks Delay In Commissioning Sivand Dam


News Category: Cultural

 27 November 2005



Deputy head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) has called for a one-year delay in commissioning Sivand Dam, near Sivand Pass (also known as Tang-e Bolaghi) in Fars province, to enable the completion of research and archeological rescue operation in the area.

In a meeting with members of Parliament Cultural Commission and officials from the provincial cultural heritage and tourism as well as water and sewage departments, Mohammad Beheshti said that reducing the height of the dam is another demand of the organization, reported the Persian daily Iran.

Experts are currently conducting studies to determine a suitable elevation for the dam so as to reduce the damage to historical sites in the region, he said, adding that the results of the research studies will soon be announced.

Pointing to the significance of the artifacts discovered during recent excavations in Sivandi Pass, Beheshti said that no reliable evidence on the lives of common people have been found and most of the findings pertain to the palaces and lives of the royals.

However in the latest round of excavations, a village dating back to the Achaemenid dynastic era, which is unique in its kind, has been unearthed and studies on this settlement can provide valuable information about rural life during that period.

Beheshti further stated, “Fortunately, we are in full agreement with Energy Ministry and do not oppose the construction of the dam but we need more time to complete the studies.“

Describing procurement of funds by the Energy Ministry to conduct research in Sivand Pass as the last demand of the organization, he said that the ministry has accepted to do so but the Management and Planning Organization is expected to extend full cooperation in this respect.

Meanwhile, director of research base at Parse Pasargad Mohammad Hassan Talebian said that studies by some 13 foreign and Iranian expert teams in Sivand Pass have led to the discovery of tombs, smelting workshops and a number of caves.




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