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Tons of Debris Moved From Bam Citadel
06 May 2006
(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,
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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