The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- Authorities of the Iranian Cultural
Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) are now waiting for experts of
Khuzestan’s Justice Department to conduct seismic studies and determine the
scale of damage to Da va Dokhtar fortress, dated to the Sasanian dynastic period
(224–651 CE), caused by blasting operations of a plaster company.
Sasanian fort of Da va Dokhtar (dā va doxtar - mother and daughter), located in
the Iranian southwestern province of Khuzestan, had been rocked by a series of
explosions set off in its vicinity by Khuzestan’s plaster company. The use of
explosives to extract plaster from the gypsum mountain on which Da va Dokhtar
fortress is built resulted in extensive damage to the Sasanian Fort. This
prompted ICHTO’s provincial department in the city of Ramhormoz to file a
lawsuit against the Company, demanding immediate halt to the blasting
operations. Backed by Ramhormoz governor office and public prosecutor, cultural
heritage officials could finally put an end to the activities of the Company.
However, operations were recently resumed in the region, ignoring the objections
posed by ICHTO experts.
our legal complaint and the Justice Department’s oral notice, the Company
stopped its activities in the area for two months but recently started its
blasting operations,” said Freidoun Biglari, director of the Cultural Heritage
and Tourism Department of Ramhormoz. This is while the company owners had
previously agreed to seize their activities near this fortress until a safer way
is found to extract plaster from the mountain.
activities of the plaster company near this historic monument over the past 30
years are responsible for much of the damage caused to Da va Dokhtar Fort. The
fortress was originally consisted of two parts, one of which has completely been
ruined in the recent years. There also used to be a rampart connecting the two
parts of this fortress which was 4 meters in height and had 30 wall-towers, from
which not much has remained.
ICHTO officials are now determined to pursue the case through legal means in order to prevent this fortified Sasanian monument from collapsing.
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