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Tappeh Sialk on Temporary UNESCO' World Heritage List
27 August 2006
(CAIS) -- Deputy head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage,
Handicrafts and Tourism Organization for preservation and
revival of historical monuments has announced that
9,000-year-old historical mounds of Sialk, Kashan, Isfahan
province, have been placed on the temporary list of global
cultural heritage sites.
Speaking to Persian Service of IRNA, Seifollah Aminian
said while visiting an exhibition of Kashan old documents
that one of the main conditions for registration of the
monuments on global heritage list is their uniqueness.
Ancient mounds of Sialk meet this criterion, he noted.
Aminian further stated that some 30 sites nationwide have
been nominated for registration on global heritage list.
This is while according to UNESCO’s ratifications, each
country can introduce only one monument for the purpose
“Such limitation has created a major problem for a
country like Iran, which is home to a large number of
invaluable monuments which are eligible for
registration,“ he said.
Registration of a monument on global heritage list not
only gives international recognition to the site, but also
it provides a reliable guarantee for its preservation by
The artefacts discovered in Sialk Mounds date back to
seventh millennium BCE and these archeological mounds are
the oldest centers of smelting metals, he said.
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