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Experts to Determine Extent of Damage to Sasanian Da va Dokhtar Fortress


17 December 2006




LONDON, (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.


The 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.


“Following 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.


Explosive 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.




Extracted From/Source: Cultural Heritage News Agency (CHN)

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