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One of the Walls of Parthian Edifice at Kuh-e Khwajeh has Collapsed


11 August 2006





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LONDON, (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 - ancient Mount Ushidar).


“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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