The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
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.
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
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).
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
In October 2004, it was reported that sewage channel leakage had caused irreparable damage to the wonderful waterfalls.
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