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Kerman Historical Sites at Risk


02 March 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Historical sites in the south-eastern city of Kerman are threatened by ongoing development projects which are being implemented by 15 governmental organizations.

According to Persian Service of CHN, despite the legal obligation for governmental and private sectors to seek permission from Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) before implementing any development projects, cultural heritage sites in the historic city of Kerman are being threatened by construction works.

Director of the ICHTO Department in Kerman province, Ali Karnema said that the people are not allowed to undertake construction activities near historical sites whereas state institutions are overstepping their limits.

He said that some 352 cultural heritage sites have been registered by ICHTO in Kerman so far and preliminary studies which are being conducted on listing 300 other sites are expected to be completed within six months.

“Registration of cultural heritage sites empowers the ICHTO to safeguard their precincts and prevent encroachment,“ he said.


Kerman is as old as history; - Kerman province is considered a paradise for palaeontologists given the abundance of vertebrate fossils from different geological eras.

Fossils which have already been identified are Placoderm (jawed and jawless armoured fish dating back to Devonian era or first geological era (395 to 365 million years ago).

Dinosaurs and their traces dating back to the Jurassic era (195 to 65 million years ago) and fossils of mammals from the Third Geological Era (ranging from two to seven million years ago).

The history of human settlements in the territory of Kerman dates back to the 4th millennium BCE.

This vicinity can be considered as one of the ancient regions of Iran, and with the passage of time, valuable historical vestiges have in turn amassed here. Jiroft is an example, where a previously unknown settlement dating back to around 2500 BCE has recently been established by archaeologists.

Historical documents refer to Kerman as Karmania, Kermania, Germania and "Žermania," which means bravery and combat. Post-Sasanian Geographers have recorded Kerman's ancient name as "Go'asheer" (Bardesheer).

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