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Ancient Mound Halts Qaemshahr Road Project




14 September 2005


Plans to construct a ring road and boulevard in Qaemshahr have been suspended since last year due to an ancient mound on the route of the project, IRNA reported.

Archeologists conducting excavations at the site in 1993 came across artifacts such as potteries, daggers and other cultural items which dated back to the first millennium BC. This discovery led to inclusion of the site on the national cultural heritage list.

Despite the 90 percent progress of the project, construction of the road, which began in 1996, was suspended following the intervention of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department.

Head of Qaemshahr City Council said that it reached an agreement with Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department to proceed with the project after removing the artifacts from the hill.

Komeil Gouran added that the Municipality has allocated a sum of 50 million rials for excavations at the site so that the problem can be solved before the onset of the rainy season.

Following consultations between the Municipality and Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department officials in recent months, it was agreed that a square be constructed at the site to save the mound, he concluded.




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