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Rampant in Ancient Natanz
29 August 2006
(Vulture) Mountain range looms over Natanz with Sasanian lighthouse at
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(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
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
“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
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,“
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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