under the second Iranian dynasty, the Achaemenids
(CAIS) -- Iran has drawn up plans to identify the
cultural heritage of the Achaemenid Empire which are
located outside the country’s modern boundaries.
The empire once stretched over a vast area which included
present day Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan,
Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Georgia, Armenia,
Chechnya, Arran (modern republic of Azerbaijan), Turkey,
Iraq, Kuwait, UAE, Bahrain, Saudi costs of Persian Gulf,
Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt and Libya in addition to
modern mainland Iran.
According to CHN, based on the plan, Iran Cultural
Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) will register
the heritage of the Achaemenid Empire in neighboring
states and produce documentary films on these sites.
“Heritage of the Empire forms the roots of common
culture between Iran and the former provinces (satrapies)
and the program to identify them will be implemented as
part of the Fourth Five-Year Economic, Cultural and Social
Development Plan (2005-2010).
“According to Article 114 of the Fourth Five-Year,
Development Plan, the ICHTO is obliged to produce
documentary films about the heritage of the first Persian
Empire [Achaemenid dynasty] in other countries and publish
them by 2010.“
The 6,000,000 sq.m. (2,600-mile-wide) geographical area of the Empire now is
divided among different modern countries some 2,200 years
after the disintegration of Persian Empire by Alexander
II, the Macedonian warlord.
Monuments dating back to the Achaemenid dynastic Empire
and the folklore culture of neighboring countries
indicated the glory of Iranian civilisation.
ICHTO deputy director for international affairs, Ali
Asghar Sherdust said that the organization has drawn up a
map of the Empire and taken preliminary steps to implement
the plan since last year.
Asked about the topics which the ICHTO will consider in
identifying cultural heritage of Persian Empire, he said
that teams of experts will study literature, poetry,
prose, public and folklore culture of neighboring states
as well as their anthropological, archaeological and
historical aspects, manuscripts, stone inscriptions, as
well as customs and traditions.
Sherdust said that different research departments of ICHTO
have made preparations to implement the program and it
expects to receive sufficient funds to proceed with the
Site of Dascylium in modern Turkey