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Achaemenid Waterfalls Proposed for Registration on UNESCO World Heritage List

 

08 March 2006

 

 

 

shushtar-waterfall.gif (137914 bytes)LONDON, (CAIS) -- The Shushtar Cultural Heritage and Tourism Office (SCHTO) has presented the dossier of the man-made Shushtar waterfalls to Iranian cultural officials in order to register the ancient water structures on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

 

“The beautiful unique scenery, the rare water engineering technology in a particular time of history, and the vast array of cultural interactions that occurred in the region due to the irrigation system are the reasons for the application,” SCHTO director Mohammad-Hossein Arastuzadeh told the Persian service of CHN on Wednesday.

 

Construction of the system began during the Achaemenid dynastic era (about 550-331 BC) on one of the Gargar River’s tributaries and then it was improved by the Sasanid dynasty (224-651 CE).

 

Located near the Ancient Elamite capital Susa in Khuzestan Prvince, the Shushtar waterfalls are among the few ancient water structures in Iran used for irrigating the Shushtar plain. Remnants of some of the many watermills built on the waterfalls during the Safavid era (1501-1722) still remain.

 

In October 2004, it was reported that sewage channel leakage had caused irreparable damage to the wonderful waterfalls.

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