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Evidence Discovered in Mehr Ali Farsi Tepe
17 August 2006
(CAIS) -- Discovery of a large number of artifacts
including seals, bullae, and the remains of earthen
architecture, earthenware dishes, and animal bones all
indicate the existence of human settlement in Mehr Ali
Farsi hill locating at the back of Mullah Sadra Dam during
“Archeological salvage operation have been started in
pre-historical hill of Mehr Ali Farsi since the last week
of July 2006. During this short period of excavations,
archeological studies show that this historical site must
have dated back to the fourth and fifth millennium BCE.
However, this historical site will be submerged by the
continuation of flooding Mullah Sadra dam. A large number
of seals, bullae, and animal bones have been discovered so
far in this historical hill which belong to these
pre-historical period. In addition these historical
evidence revealed that the existence of human settlement
goes back to different periods of Iranian history,
archeologists are hoping to find the traces of which with
continuing their excavations in this historical site,”
said Azizollah Rezayi, head of archaeological team in Mehr
Ali Farsi historical site, speaking to CHN (Cultural
Heritage News Agency).
Mehr Ali Farsi is located just in the last reaches of the
reservoir of Mullah Sadra Dam, and with lowering the level
of water of the dam, this historical site could have been
saved from being drown. With inundation of Mullah Sadra
Dam some parts of Mehr Ali Farsi hill have already been
submerged and Iran lost part of her heritage.
Archeologists currently are trying to salavage the
remaining parts of the hill.
“We had received the license for carrying out the
excavations in this historical hill. However, since the
Ministry of Energy who was in charge of paying for the
excavation expenses, refused to fulfill its commitments
within the determined time, we lost a one- month valuable
opportunity during which we could have excavated a large
area of the hill. Now the weather is getting cold and we
would be able to continue the excavations until the end of
summer,” added Rezayi.
Mehr Ali Farsi is one of the most important archeological
sites of Fars province and archeological excavations in
this pre-historical site could lead into revealing many
unknown facts about the pre-historic period of Fars
province. Despite the fact that this historical site had
been identified before the inundation of Mullah Sadra Dam,
the Islamic regime' authorities in charge of dam have
pruposly neglected the necessity for carrying out
excavations in this area and started the flooding of the
dam in a very short time.
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