The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- Three months of constant winds at the speed of 120 km per
hours, have caused serious damage to the Parthian remains
at Kuh-e Khwajeh (Kūh-ī Xvāje
“At the end of last (Iranian) year, we succeeded to get 30milion
tuman (US$ 33,000) for safeguarding and restoration of the historical
site, in which we only managed to restore only 10% of it, which in reality is
nothing. We are in need of more manpower and funding”, said Jamshid
Davtalab, head of Kuh-e Khwajeh Archaeological Center.
“Until now there was no plan for the future protection of the
stucco decorations and murals by various ways of strengthening the edifice’ walls
and structures as well as new coats of protective layers of Kāh.gel
(cob, mixture of compressed clay and straw)", he stated.
“Previsouly as the result of a lack of proper planning and
mismanagement in 1998, Dr Sajadi and his team conducted an archaeological
survey, and opened few trenches, and left them unprotected
at the mercy of harsh weather. We were fortunate enough to not see any rainfall otherwise the damages to the edifice would have been
more than catastrophic”, Davtalab added.
The Kuh-e Khwajeh historical
site, is one of the most important archaeological complexs in Iran belonging to
the Arsacid dynastic era (248 BCE-224 CE), located 30 km south of Zabol, at the
Hamun lake in Sistan and Baluchestan province.
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