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Hassanlou Heritage Trapped Under Rural Houses


10 March 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Over 100 houses in Hassanlou and Aminlou villages are located within the boundaries of the historic Hassanlou Hill, ISNA reported.

Making the remarks, head of Hassanlou cultural heritage base, Hossein Razzaqi, suggested that the ancient hill be delineated.

“It is a necessity to determine the hill’s boundaries from six dimensions since many historical objects are laid beneath rural houses,“ he noted.

Razzaqi regretted that no archeological operations had been carried out in the ancient hill since 2002.

Razzaqi observed, “Excavation operations at the hill will become possible only after a cultural heritage base is established and guards are deployed there.“

The current Hassanlou archeological base is not near the hill making the start of excavation operations difficult, the official expanded.

Razzaqi stated that about 200 million rials had been set aside for the project, “however, we’re still short of funds for purchasing a parcel of land for the base.“

The expert recalled that test pits had been excavated at northern and southern sections of Hassanlou Hill in the current year (started March 21) to mark out the boundaries.

The official reiterated that Hassanlou and Aminlou houses are sitting on historic artifacts. “Even a number of ancient objects came to the surface while the villages were being provided with waterway canals recently,“ he pointed out.

Razzaqi, however, stressed that no constructions are allowed near 100 houses to be purchased by Iran Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization.

Hassanlou Hill is situated 12 km off Naqadeh in West Azarbaijan province.

It sits to the southeast of Orumiyeh Lake. The hill encompasses six stratigraphic layers dating from the sixth to first millennium BC. Hassanlou Hill plunged to the verge of oblivion after the collapse of Imperial regime in 1979 due to the official apathy as well as the Iraq-imposed war. It was just in 2001 when a series of restoration and preservation activities were conducted in the hill.

Archeologists had discovered remnants of architectural structures, potsherds as well as other objects at the hill. They date back to different historical periods including Iron Age and Brass Age, the Achaemenid dynasty as well as the Post-Achaemenid and the Mogul dominations.


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