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CAIS ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS©

 

Iranian Heritage is being Turned into Cement

 

15 October 2005

 

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Ancient sites surroundings the Tehran Cement Factory (Click to enlarge)

LONDON, Oct. 15 (CAIS) -- Tehran Cement Factory in Shahr-e Rey, devouring Dež-e Rashkān (Rashkān Fort), the spring-capital of Arsacid Dynasty and its imperial Palaces.

The plant is devouring the palatial structures at a rapid pace, and transforming Iranian heritage in to cement. 

Unfortunately, most of these relics in Shahr-e Rey including Dež-e Rashkān have been wrecked and ruined as a result of construction and development projects, out of ignorance as well as an excessive and complicated administrative system in Iran. The plant has already gulped down several historic works including an embossed design of Fath’ali-Shah dating back to the Qajar period.

 

Rashkān fort is located at the summit of mount Sar-Sareh (or Sor-Soreh), and encircles 7,000-years-old Cheshmeh ‘Ali site, and ancient Gabri Castle.

 

The fort consists of three outer-defence walls with ramparts, palace structures, bath and various underground secret passages, underneath the palaces. During the excavations by cement factory, they have discovered various Parthian and Sasanian stucco-works and weaponries.