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Iran Seeking to Add Areas Adjacent to Persepolis to UNESCO World Heritage list


25 April 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Iranian experts are compiling information on ancient sites adjacent to Persepolis in order to attach the dossier to the Persepolis document, which was registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1979, the Persian service of CHN reported on Monday.


Experts are gathering information on Naqsh-e Rajab, Naqsh-e Rustam, Mount Rahmat, the Sasanid city of Estakhr, and several other ancient sites near Persepolis, Parseh and Pasargadae Research Foundation director Mohammad-Hassan Talebian said.


“Ancient sites like Naqsh-e Rajab and Naqsh-e Rustam, which are very close to Persepolis, have been ignored in the document recognizing Persepolis on UNESCO’s World Heritage List,” he added.


The plan for registration of the two sites had been discussed before, but with the establishment of the foundation over the past few years, all of the sites near Persepolis are to be considered, Talebian explained.


According to new studies carried out by Iranian archaeologists, Persepolis is much larger than previous surveys have shown.


The Sasanid city of Estakhr is located on the outskirts of the 6000-year-old Mount Rahmat (also known as the Rahmatabad Tepe) near Persepolis in the Marvdasht region of Fars Province.


Mount Rahmat is home to the tombs of many Achaemenid and Sasanid princes and commanders.


Naqsh-e Rustam and Naqsh-e Rajab are located six kilometres north of Persepolis and have bas-reliefs dating back to the Elamite, Achaemenid, and Sasanid dynastic eras.






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