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Varamin Mounds Threatened


02 August 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Illegal construction activities near the ancient mounds of Varamin, Tehran province, have increased concerns among cultural heritage and tourism officials.

Head of Varamin Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department told Iran Daily’s Sadeq Dehqan that since the department was set up a year ago and most people as well as governmental and non-governmental institutes are unaware of the site’s significance, they have neglected it.

Referring to the fact that studies on ancient mounds reveal more information about the Iranian civilization, Nader Shirkavand also said that the Sofâlin (Earthen) Mound is one such hill, which has been so named because of the abundance of broken potteries there.

“The mound, dating back to the pre-Islamic era, is on a par with the Siyalk hills of Kashan, Esfahan province,“ he said.

Describing Shaqli or Shoghali Mound as another important historical site in Varamin, the official noted that excavations in the area have revealed links to the Medes civilization, which were earlier explored in Kashan.

“Even artifacts from the Elamite era have been unearthed during excavations,“ he said, adding that a number of human remains belonging to the Aryan period were also found in Shaqli Mound.
Shirkavand further said no official excavations have so far been conducted on Sofalin Mound, but preliminary surveys indicate the mound dates back to the Iron Age and further studies can confirm this.






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Source: Iran Daily

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