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of Pasargadae & Persepolis, a Negative-Rumour to Divert
Attention from the Real Threats
by Shapour Suren-Pahlav -
recent rumour is currently spreading throughout Iranian and international
communities, which claims that after the flooding of Bolaghi Gorge, the
Achaemenid sites of Pasargadae and Persepolis will submerge.
mausoleum of Cyrus the Great and Persepolis will not submerge after the
inundation of the Sivand dam, since Pasargadae is located 9 km away from
the furthest point of the future artificial lake – and also a mountain
separates the Sivand dam and Pasargadae plain; As for Persepolis it is
located 70 km far from Sivand, which is too far away from the threat of
rumour has already created a media and public frenzy and the concerned
public and some organisations inside and outside Iran have already been
consumed by this false claim. Some have even started various international
campaigns to save the ancient sites from submergence.
officials in Tehran are blaming the Iranian opposition groups outside Iran
for propagating such a story – while evidence suggests otherwise. Back
in July 2004, ICHTO was issued a statement, which demonstrates that the
rumour was propagated by the Islamic Republic itself (http://www.cais-soas.com/News/2004/July2004/25-07.htm).
Islamic regime has propagated this negative-rumour of “. . .will
never submerge . . ”, while submersion has never been a matter concern
for archaeologists and experts. Obviously, this is a cunning diversion
tactic, for diverting attention from the real threats, which are:
level of humidity generated from the future artificial lake, would
definitely effects the -Pasargadae contractions, in particular cause the
mausoleum of Cyrus the Great, which is limestone, to gradually collapse;
subterranean waters could weaken the foundation of the Persepolis. An
Iranian geologists claimed it could even cause earthquake, which would
ultimately destroy the ancient sites;
submergence of 130 archaeological sites in Bolaghi Gorge, which results in
their total destructions;
impact on the ecosystem. Environmental damages to the area of the current
lakes, water reservoirs as well as wildlife in the Fars Province;
on existing subterranean waters, which will subsequently causes lack of
water in various places of the province, and damage to the farming
industry in the Province.
addition, construction of dam is another money making scam for the
regime’s leaders. Back in 1992 when Sakou Construction Company which
belongs to the Islamic Republic Revolutionary Guards Corps, commenced the
construction of the dam, claimed to be finished within 3 years. Now 13
years later with a tenfold costs, still incomplete and costs to the
Iranian nation is on daily increase. No one however knows the real cost of
the dam as it remains a secret.
plan for the construction of the Sivand dam was neither for the local
farmers nor for prosperity of Iran, but to turn the regime’s dream to a
reality: i.e. the destructions of Persepolis and mausoleum of the Cyrus
the Great gradually are under the disguise of development and at the same
time to make millions of dollars in process.
destruction of both sites was the dream of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini,
the founder of Islamic republic.
immediately after taking over of the power in Iran in early 1980, sent his
right-hand-man Sheikh Sadeq Khalkhali to first destroy the tomb of Reza
Shah, the founder of Pahlavi dynasty and then to Shiraz to bulldoze down
destroying Reza Sah’s tomb, which Khalkhali faced no resistance, he went
on to destroy Persepolis, but this time their dream was shattered as
Khalkhali and his thugs faced the local resistance and were chased away.
this day, however, many unfortunately rather than pay attention to the
real problems, they concern themselves with the hoax story of the
submergence of these ancient sites, while the guilty party is getting away
with their crimes of destroying the world heritage sites and millions of