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CAIS ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS©


 

ICHTO Seeks Registration of Shushtar's Ancient Water Channels

 

 

 12 October 2005

 

 

Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) plans to have the water channel structures of Shushtar in Khuzestan province registered with the UN cultural body UNESCO.

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According to CHN, the ICHTO has prepared relevant documents to be submitted to UNESCO for registering Shushtar’s water channels including the waterfalls and watermills.


Head of the Cultural Heritage Department in Shushtar Mohammad Hossein Arastou-zadeh said that the water channel infrastructure, which was inherited from the ancient Persians, is unique in terms of advanced engineering features and is spread over an area of 36,000 hectares.


He said, “Research studies base in Shushtar has provided documents about water channels of Shushtar to be delivered to UNESCO for registering water engineering of ancient Iran at the global level.


“The infrastructure included 50 watermills and other buildings. The water passing through the watermills form a confluence which finally flows as a waterfall.


“The construction of the infrastructure dated back to Achaemenid and Sasanid eras. Of course such constructions were also built during the Safavid and Qajarid eras.


Shushtar infrastructure underwent repairs last year. Archeological studies which will be conducted at the site once sufficient funds are earmarked for the current Iranian year (March 2005-2006).