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40,000 Tons of Debris Moved From Bam Citadel

 

06 May 2006

 

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- Operations to remove tons of rubble left from the 2003 killer quake which flattened the Parthian Arg-e Bam (Bam Citadel) is 30 percent complete, director of the Project to Save Bam Citadel said.


Eskandar Mokhtari predicted that debris clearing activities would be over in two years. So far, about 40,000 tons of ruins have been removed from the area and dumped in the western part of the quake-shattered citadel.


The operations to even out the western wing and restore the environs are also underway, the official said. The region, once cleared, will be planted.


Mokhtari further noted that construction of a car park in the southeastern part is over. Debris removal operations from the trench as well as northern and eastern sections are being carried out.


Purchasing parcels of land surrounding the citadel is the most important impediment to the project, he stated. The official expressed hope that legal department of Iran Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization would help resolve the problem as soon as possible.


The 2,000-year-old Bam Citadel is the world’s oldest and largest adobe structure. It was registered in UNESCO World Heritage List after a meeting of International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) held in China in July, 2004.


The oldest strata of the citadel dates back to 6th century BCE. On Dec. 26, 2003, a tragic earthquake leveled the city of Bam in Kerman province to the ground and devastated the citadel. The city’s heydays are said to have been the 7th to 11th centuries CE.


 

 

 

 

 

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