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.CAIS ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS OF IRANIAN WORLD©

 

Archaeologist Protests over Mafinabad Illegal Excavations

 

10 April 2006

 

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- Archaeologist Jafar Mehrkian, who discovered the Mafinabad Hill near Robat Karim in 1990, protested against the illegal excavations there.


He said historical hills are not being ruined by farming, but by heavy machines during road building or Islamic Regime' urban development projects.


Mehrkian also told ISNA that historical hills such as Mafinabad Hill in Eslamshahr, Vavan Hill at Vavan Township, Fardis Hill at Qarchak and Mill Hill at Varamin were not used for farming because of their height.


“But, unfortunately, the officials today do not care for the historical identity of ancient hills and they cultivate land or build roads on them,“ he said.


He regretted that the Mafinabad Hill is being mined to produce red bricks for construction of houses in Tehran such that the hills have been dug up to a depth of 10 to 12 meters.


Mehrkian said the hill is registered with Iran’s powerless Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization, but has been neglected by regime's officials.

 

 

 

 

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