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Inundation of Sivand Dam Deferred Until Final Excavations


26 February 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Sivand Dam in Fars province will not be filled with water until archaeological excavations in the area have been completed.

According to Persian service of CHN, archaeological excavations in Bolaghi Pass will be continued until favourable results are achieved and the commissioning of the dam will be delayed pending the completion of the studies in the area.

These were the two main outcomes of the seminar titled ’Archeology and Protecting Bolaghi Pass’, which was recently held in Shiraz.

They were also the focal points of a resolution signed between Energy Ministry and Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization at the closing ceremony of the event.

Speaking at the ceremony, head of Iran Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization’s Research Center, Taha Hashemi expressed pleasure that such a glorious event took place during his tenure.

He further said that the Bolaghi project brought to the fore the high level of interaction between the local and foreign experts.

Hashemi further stated that the Research Center welcomes all those who are interested in conducting research in different fields.

Creating coordination among the officials of the Islamic Republic for safeguarding cultural heritage is among the outcomes of Bolaghi project, he said.

Meanwhile, cultural heritage representative in parliment, Amir Hassan Abbasi expressed pleasure that the government finally has adopted a unified stance on protecting cultural heritage.

Sivand Dam is an earth-filled dam whose height is 72 meters and it has a crown of 67 meters in length. The capacity of its reservoir is 255 million cubic meters.
Sivand Dam was built on a river by the same name in Pasargadae district, north of Shiraz.

It is located 50 kilometers from the Achaemenid capital Persepolis and 10 km from Pasargadae, which is site of the mausoleum of Cyrus the Great, the father of Iranian nation and founder of second Iranian dynasty, the the Achaemenids.





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