of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Committee in Islamic
republic's parliament, Hassan Abbasi, announced the postponement of
the inundation of Sivand Dam for at least two seasons.
“Sivand Dam flooding is put back until the end of the
archaeological excavations in the region and if experts
confirm that the inundation of Sivand Dam will cause any
harm to the historical sites of the region, then the
parliament will fulfill its legal duties in this
respect,” said Abbasi to CHN correspondent.
Sivand Dam was supposed to be flooded by end of February
2006, but as the result of pressure from Iranian nation
and the international community the inundation of
the dam has been postponed for two further archaeological seasons.
Recently, the Iranian-Italian joint archeological team
succeeded to unearth 30 rural houses belonging to the
Achaemenid dynastic era in Bolaghi valley and
a cemetery next to the village.
According to Mohammad Hasan Talebian, director of
Parse-Pasargadae Research Center, more studies should
still be carried out on the cemetery and the
archaeological excavations in the region should be
completed before the flooding of Sivand Dam.
The Cultural Commission of the regime's parliament alongside some
experts of the Ministry of Energy visited Sivand Dam and
were given briefings on the process of archaeological
excavations in the valley.
According to Abbasi, deputy of the Cultural Secretariat of
UNESCO in his visit of the site also expressed his
satisfaction of the trend of archaeological excavations in
Bolaghi Valley, allegedly emphasising that Sivand Dam
flooding will cause no harm to Pasargadae.
A lot of issues were considered during the visit of
members of the parliament from Sivand Dam, such as the
degree of harm by the reservoir at its highest level to
the historical site of Pasargadae, how much the delay in
the flooding of the dam will be helpful in continuation of
the excavations, and studying the possibility of carrying
out the irrigation project while saving the cultural and
The amount of harm caused by the
gasses produced by the refineries nearby and security
issues of the tourists who will come to visit Pasargadae
were other issues which were studied by members of the
“The parliament has some demands from Iran’s Cultural
Heritage and Tourism Organization and the Ministry of
Energy, which should be fulfilled by these two
organizations,” said Delijan city deputy in the
According to him, continuing archaeological excavations of
Bolaghi to a specific level, forming an expert group
to determine the possible harms to the Pasargadae, and
establishing a museum with the required standards for
preserving the articles unearthed in valley are the
demands of the Parliament from the ICHTO.
“Ministry of Energy should as well determine the exact
level of the reservoir after flooding of the dam and its
effect on the underground water resources of Pasargadae to
make it clear how much these resources will increase and
determine how much harm they will cause to Pasargadae,”
said director of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Committee of the Cultural Commission of the Parliament.
Abbasi also announced the efforts of the regime's parliament and
Ministry of Energy to provide a humidity control
instrument with the help of UNESCO, “the instrument will
determine the degree of humidity and its effect on the
erosion of Pasargadae stones, and whenever the humidity is
high and harmful for the site, the inundation should be
brought to a lower level just to supply for the needs of
the region,” explained Abassi.