The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
LONDON, (CAIS) -- The reservoir of a dam under construction near Ramhormoz in the southwestern province of Khuzestan will submerge the 1700-year-old Sasanid dynastic era Hormuz/Jareh Dam, the Persian service of CHN reported on Monday.
order to save the monument, Iranian archaeologists have said that they must
enlist foreign experts to relocate the monument.
site was surveyed at the location last Wednesday and Thursday. Our solution is
relocation of the dam. The new dam is currently being constructed and will be
operational in the next few years, and due to the amount of money spent on the
dam, it’s not expected that the project will be halted,” Cultural Heritage
and Tourism Organization expert Mahnaz Sharifi said.
have successfully done this for the Zurzur Church (in the Chaldoran region of
northwestern Iran), and we plan to suggest it to Mr. (Masud) Azarnush, the
director of the Iranian Center for Archaeological Research,” she added.
Jareh Dam is one of five dams that were built in the Ramhormoz region during the
Sasanid dynasty (224-651 CE). It is the most intact of the two surviving Sasanid
era dams and is 20 meters in height.
of the dam had previously been proposed during meetings between cultural
heritage officials on behalf of Iranians and the Islamic Regime, but the idea
has been rejected not only by the regime, but also by some experts, who argue
that the dam might collapse or lose its original shape due to the materials used
in its construction.
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