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7,000-Years-Old Mehrali Mound Faces Submersion Risk

 

25 April 2006

 

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- An ancient mound known as ’Mehrali Farsi’ near Eqlid, Fars province, will be submerged once Mullah Sadra Dam is filled with water in the year to March 2008.


The mound, which dates back to the fourth and fifth millennia BCE, is considered one of the city’s unique historical sites, according to the Persian daily Iran.


Mehrali Fars Mound was registered on the national heritage list in 1976 as site No. 1275.


The mound, which is located on the banks of Band-e Bahram River in the south of Sadeh, a suburb of Eqlid, was an ancient human settlement.


On the surface, the mound is covered with potteries bearing designs from the pre-Islamic era.


Mullah Sadra Dam, which officially became operational in February, is situated five kilometers away from Mehrali Farsi Mound.


However, experts maintain that the mound will not go under water this year but in the coming years some sections of the mound may be submerged if the level of rainfall increases.


An official of the provincial Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department referred to the letter submitted to Fars Water Organization, calling for cooperation in protecting the historical monuments which are threatened by eight dams now under construction including Mullah Sadra Dam.


No response has so far been received from the organization, he said, adding that the only way to save the ancient artworks in the mound is to launch urgent excavations.


However, the executor of Mullah Sadra Dam, Mohammad Reza Deihimi, stressed that research works on the dam began 16 years ago. He said, “Prior to the start of studies, we submitted a letter to the organization but we did not receive any answer indicating the existence of historical relics in the region.


“After a lapse of 15 years, last year, experts from the organization demanded to visit the area and we collaborated with them,“ he said, adding that they have not made available any of their findings of their visits since last year.

 

 

 

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