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CAIS ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS OF IRANIAN WORLD©

 

Lack of Funding Leads to Devastation of Gilvan Ancient Site

 

08 August 2006

 

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- Despite efforts made by the authorities of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Ardabil province, no budget has yet been allocated to conducting archeological excavations in the prehistoric site of Gilvan, located in the Iranian northwestern province of Ardabil. This is while the provincial authorities succeeded in obtaining an official statement, allowing excavations on the site; however, due to lack of budget, excavations have not yet started. This has resulted in the gradual destruction of the ancient artifacts found in this historic site as they are now exposed to intense sunlight and seasonal rains and storms.

The story started almost three months ago when construction workers accidentally discovered a number of artifacts in Gilvan, including three gold coated metal daggers, 25 pieces of clays, ornamental beads, and several armaments together with the remains of a number of skeletons. Constructions in this part of the village stopped and archeologists were called to verify that this part of the village contains historic evidence. Later, it became clear that the site was the location of an ancient cemetery and Iran’s Archeology Research Center as well as Ardabil’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department prepared a report and asked for a certificate to be issued for the start of excavations by archeologists in the area. However, carrying out any excavations in this site required funding which was not provided by Iran’s cultural heritage authorities, leading into concerns to rise for the fate of these ancient artifacts.

Last week, Hassan Fazeli Nashli, director of Iran’s Archeology Research Center, announced that he issued the certificate which gave archeologists the go-ahead to start their job at Gilvan’s historic site. However, according to Reza Rezalou, head of the archeology team that was dispatched to this ancient site, after only a weak of excavations on the site, archeologists realized that no budget has been allotted to their works and therefore excavations stopped.

“Since this area was discovered by accident, no budget had been envisaged for it by the Archeology Research Center. However, we were hoping that once we obtain official permission for the excavations, the budget would be provided by ICHTO, which unfortunately never happened,” said Yahya Naghizadeh, head of the Cultural Heritage Police Department of Ardabil province.

The historic site of Gilvan was discovered during construction works to widen a road in this village. Ancient relics found in this site date back its existence to as far back as 1000 BCE.

 

 

 

 

 

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