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7,000-Year-Old Civilization Buried Under Garbage


News Category: Cultural Disaster

 01 January 2006



LONDON, (CAIS) -- Archeologists conducting excavations in a 7,000-year-old mound named Mafinabad (Mâfinâbâd), located in Eslamshahr city near Tehran believe that the site could reveal valuable information about the transition from the Neolithic to the Iron Age, reported CHN.

However since the site is buried under a heap of garbage four meters deep, archeologists first have to remove the garbage to be able to uncover the invaluable artifacts which are buried in the mound.

Archeologists say that Mafinabad mound also contains many mysteries about the transition from the Neolithic era to the Copper and Iron ages.

If the limits of the mound are specified, Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) would not have to spend about one billion rials in clearing the site of garbage.

Mafinabad Mound was registered on the national cultural heritage list in 1993 following some exploratory works in the area.

The historical mound has for years been a subject of debate among archeological circles after a statue dating back to Selukid era was found by experts of National Museum in 2002.

Although regular correspondence was conducted with ICHTO to protect the hill, excavation works in the site were overshadowed by other programs.

Given that a brick factory, which is located near the site, uses the soil from the hill as raw material, many archeological evidence were destroyed.

Officials from the ICHTO decided to issue a permit for excavations by an archeological team which is to be directed by Ahmad Chaichi.

However operations were delayed due to the failure to allocate funds, which, according to him, gave rise to illegal activities in the region.

Chaichi said that state bodies such as Tehran Governorate, Municipality and City Council turned a deaf ear to calls for the protection of the site and refused to extend any cooperation in this respect.

He further said that the municipality did nothing to protect the site and instead used the region for dumping garbage.

He complained about the conditions facing the team which is currently exploring the site.




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