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Artifacts Recovered from Smugglers
18 April 2006
LONDON, (CAIS) -- Some 11 rare artefacts from the first
millennium BCE have been unearthed from the village of Darreh Shahr in Ilam
province, reported ISNA quoting the director of historical heritage office at
Darreh Shahr, Siavoush Shahbazi.
He said that the precious collection included metal items such as arrows with
designs, metals depicting wild goats. They make up a rare collection comparable
with the artifacts displayed in Iranian and foreign museums.
He said that the collection was seized in Tehran from an illegal digger. He made
no mention of the exact location of the site from which the collection was
The official said that there are 500 historical sites at Darreh Shahr and Iran
Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) needs to know exactly from
which point, the illegal diggers had unearthed the collection.
He expressed dismay at the absence of adequate protection of historical sites
and said that ICHTO experts usually see ruins on the ground when they inspect
the historical sites indicating that illegal digging is underway due to the lack
Director of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department in Ilam province
Fereydoun Mohammadi said that the department’s experts will take steps to
identify the site from which the collection was unearthed.
He said that the collection is estimated to date back to 2800 BCE.