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Looting Rampant in Ancient Natanz


29 August 2006




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LONDON, (CAIS) -- Shortage of Cultural Heritage Guards to protect historical monuments in Natanz in Esfahan province, has led to the plundering of relics from the ancient and prehistoric sites in the city.

According to Persian Service of CHN, presently illegal excavations are being conducted in nine ancient sites in the city.

Head of Natanz Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Office Ali Reza Mohseni-Tabar said that the ancient sites in Natanz, which date back to the prehistoric era, are among the most important in the country.

The sites, including Arisman, have so far been excavated several times by local and foreign archeologists, he noted.

“Milajerd, Qale-Gusheh, Badroud sites dating back to the fourth millennium BCE as well as mounds including Abuzar, Khaledabad, Helabad and Sefid Hill are among those that have been and are looted during illegal excavations,“ he said.

Stating that the number of employees at Natanz Cultural Heritage Office does not exceed five, Mohseni-Tabar further said this is while the city is home to a large number of monuments, which should be protected.

“We have called on Esfahan Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Department and even the organization on several occasions to provide extra forces but we have not year received any response,“ Mohseni-Tabar said.

According to a report by officials, illegal excavations are still rampant in Natanz ancient sites and they encounter new challenges each day.

Natanz is a small mountain town located about 80 kilometers from Kashan. It is situated in the Northern part of Esfahan and about 30 km away from the desert and at a height of 1600m above sea level.






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Extracted From/Source: Iran Daily

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