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 Bolaghi Excavations Gain Momentum



04 October 2005


In an effort to salvage artifacts from the Achaemenid and Sassanid eras, archeologists are conducting intensive excavations at the historical site of Bolaghi Pass before the area is submerged with the commissioning of Sivand Dam.

According to the Persian daily Iran, archeologists from the US, France, Japan, Poland, Germany and Italy have been operating at the site since March. Archeologists have come across significant evidence which will be of greatly help archeological studies of the area.

Head of Parse and Pasargad Research Foundation Mohammad Hossein Talebian said that seven teams have been conducting excavations at the site.

He said that the site contains 48 important points of which 43 have been identified and excavations are underway to determine the location of the remaining five. Unfortunately smugglers of artifacts have also been engaged in digging and have presumably removed some precious artifacts, he added.
The official expressed concern about the rise in humidity following the commissioning of the dam which may be harmful to the antiquities in Bolaghi Pass and the mounds which are believed to contain historical items.

Talebian said that Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) held talks with officials of Energy Ministry to take measures to avert the threats posed by the dam to Bolaghi Pass and Ministry of Energy promised to keep the level of the dam low and install humidity measurement devices to monitor the humidity and regulate the level of water with the dam’s outlets.

He said that ICHTO has earmarked 1,500 million rials for excavations at Bolaghi Pass.

Talebian said that development projects should be implemented away from historical sites. For example, the dams should not be built in the vicinity of cultural heritage sites.



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