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Explore Bolaghi Metal Mines
team consisting of 8 German archaeologists and
geologists alongside an Iranian group are going to
do some excavations in the metal mines of the
Bolaghi Gorge belonging to the first millennium
before the Christ.
Bolaghi Gorge which is located in Fars province, 7
kilometers from the historical site of Pasargadae,
is of great significance due to the 130 historical
sites there. Archaeologists also believe that part
of the King Road which is the most ancient road of
Iran, passes through this gorge.
“The team consists of 8 German archaeologists
and geologists, who will start their excavations
from Monday 19 September,” says Karim Alizadeh,
director of international affairs office of the
Archaeology Research Center of the Cultural
Heritage and Tourism Organization of Iran.
According to Alizadeh, the team under the
supervision of Ernest Pernitska, professor of
Tubingen University, is to carry out some
archaeological excavations on the metal mines of
Bolaghi Gorge. A team from Iran will cooperate
with them as well.
Ernest Pernitska had already cooperated in the
archaeological excavations of Sialk Tepe and
Arisman with Iranian archaeologists.
Primary estimations show the mines to date back to
the first millennium BC, but further studies are
needed to support the belief.
As part of the salvation project of Bolaghi Gorge,
a team of Iranian and Japanese archaeologists have
so far done some excavations in the ancient caves
of Bolaghi Gorge site which will drown after the
flooding of Sivand Dam within a few months.
Archaeologists believe that the discovered stone
tools in the cave indicate the existence of human
beings in this area during the cave dwelling
Four archaeological teams from Germany, France,
Italy, and Poland with the cooperation of Iranian
experts have already done some excavations for the
salvation of Bolaghi Gorge historical remains.
Their studies led to the discovery of some
historical sites belonging to the 4th millennium
BC to the Islamic period, a village belonging to
the Achaemenid era, and some valuable evidence
from the Sassanid era.
By flooding of Sivand Dam, the 130 historical
sites of the Bolaghi Gorge will drown.