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Inauguration of Sivand Dam Awaits ICHTO Approval


21 November 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Construction of Sivand Dam by Islamic Republic in Bolaghi Valley in Fars province has nearly come to an end and the regime's Regional Water Organisation is making it ready for a catastrophic flood, which will devour pre-Islamic Iranian heritage in the valley.


However, based on previous so-called agreement between the regime’s Ministry of Energy and Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO), the date of inundation of Sivand Dam allegedly may not be determined without first obtaining the approval of ICHTO.


Mohammad Hassan Talebian, director of Parse-Pasargadae Research Centre explained that currently a team consisting of Iranian and Polish archaeologists is carrying out excavations in Bolaghi Valley. “This will be the last excavation project in Bolaghi Valley. After that, we will wait for the final decision of ICHTO regarding final date of inundation of the Dam,” said Talebian.


The last archaeological excavation in Bolaghi Valley which is still continuing resulted in unearthing of a clay vessel engraved with the hunting scene of Achaemenid emperors. The new discovery has opened a new chapter in archaeological studies of Bolaghi Valley.   


Bolaghi Valley together with all the 130 historical sites identified so far in its vicinity will be submerged once the Sivand Dam is inundated.


One of the hottest discoveries in the region was that of the remains of a palace denoted to Achaemenid king of kings, Darius the Great, which further proved the historic importance of the area, which is doomed to fade away by the Islamic regime and its' destructive dam construction. 


This has turned salvation of Bolaghi Valley into the biggest one in the history of Iran’s archaeological activities as it involved large numbers of Iranian and international archaeologists, all trying to save the historic evidence of the area as much as they can before the Dam floods the entire region.



Extracted From/Source: Cultural Heritage News Agency (CHN)

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