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LONDON, (CAIS) -- Program specialist of the UNESCO Office in Tehran Junko Taniguchi recently visited Shushtar’s man-made waterfalls in order to investigate the ancient structures for registration on UNESCO’s World Heritage List, the Persian service of CHN announced on Wednesday, quoting the Shushtar Cultural Heritage and Tourism Office (SCHTO) director.
Taniguchi paid visits to all Shushtar’s ancient waterworks, particularly the
waterfalls, which drew her admiration, while she expressed surprise at why the
complex had not been proposed for registration earlier,” Mohammad-Hossein
SCHTO presented the dossier of the Shushtar waterfalls to Iranian cultural
officials last March for improvements. They will then hand it over to the UNESCO
World Heritage Committee.
SCHTO originally planned to prepare a dossier for all Shushtar’s ancient
waterworks, but these structures face some problems that might threaten the
registration of the waterfalls, so we only prepared a dossier for the
waterfalls,” Arastuzadeh noted.
team of Iranian archaeologists and experts have been preparing and compiling
information and documents for the dossier since 1998.
of the structures, which are located near the Elamite capital Susa in Khuzestan
Province, began during the Achaemenid dynasty (550-331 BCE) on one of the Gargar
River’s tributaries and then the system was improved by the Sassanid dynasty
structures were used as an irrigation system and encouraged cultural
interactions in the region. The waterfalls presented visitors a beautiful unique
landscape, enjoying a water engineering technology rare for that point in
Shushtar waterfalls are among the few ancient waterworks in Iran still used for
irrigation. Remnants of some of the many watermills built on the waterfalls
during the Safavid dynasty (1501-1722) still remain.
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