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Stone Quarry of Dashtestan on the Verge of Destruction
19 April 2006
(CAIS) -- Looking from the outside, no one can deny
the glory of the Bardak Siah Castle which was once the royal residence of the
Achaemenid king of kings. Studies on the tough stones used in construction of
this huge monument show that they are very similar to those found in Pouzeh
Palangi Mine in Dashtestan, Bushehr Province. Unfortunately, this ancient stone
quarry is now being destroyed due to the activities of a cement company built
“The Pouzeh Palangi is an ancient and unique mine which is considered more
important than other ancient mines, even the Majd Abad Mine from which stones
used in the construction of the palace of Persepolis were extracted in the past.
This valuable archeological site is unfortunately being destroyed and nothing
has been done by the authorities to protect this ancient mine,” said Mohyedin
Jafari, geologist who has had close cooperation with the excavation team at
Bardak Siah castle.
“We have informed the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization of Iran about
the dangers posed to this mine and have asked them to take all the necessary
measures to protect it before it is too late. However, no one from that
organization has visited the Pouzeh Palangi Mine. Although we have had talks
with managers of the cement company and they seemed to understand the
sensitivity of the case, as long as the cultural heritage and tourism
organization has not taken any action, we can not expect the company to seize
its activities,” added Jafari.
Bardak Siah Castle was discovered in 1977 where remains of another palace,
called Sang-e Siah (Black Stone), and many stone inscriptions and bas-reliefs
have been unearthed from this castle. More than twenty other palaces and halls
from the Achaemenid dynasty have been identified buried under the palm trees of
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