The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- Experts of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of
Khuzestan province (KCHTO) are about to delimit the historic city of Ivan
Karkheh (ayvān-e Karxé) to protect it historical boundaries from intrusions.
Having a 400-hectare-area, 100 hectares of which already allocated to Azad
University of Dezful, Ivan Karkheh historic city dates back to the Sasanian
dynastic era (224-651 CE).
decision to clearly define boundaries of this Sasanian city has been made in
order to preserve it against constructions of Dezful Azad University as well as
According to Mohsen Hosseini, director of research department of the KCHTO, one of the major problems for protecting historic sites is the fact that many of them have never been delimited.
the Sasanian city of Ivan Karkheh, Hosseini said: “We have asked the ICHTO to
allocate enough budget to the project to determine the boundaries of this
historical city and buy the land in which it is located. After that, we will
enclose the entire area with fences.”
number of governmental organizations including Natural Resources Organization of
Khuzestan province have already announced their readiness to allocate a piece of
land in another place to the University in order to free the occupied land.
number of provincial representatives in the Parliament have also expressed their
concern about construction activities of Dezful Azad University in the lands
belonging to the Sasanian city of Ivan Karkheh and have announced their
willingness for any kind of cooperation to solve this problem.
of the historic evidence of Khuzestan province, including those of the Sasanian
city of Ivan Karkheh, were devastated during the eight-year war with Iraqis in
the 1980s. Since the war ended in 1988, no serious action was taken in order to
restore this historic city; and now agricultural activities have further
destroyed the historic evidence of the region.
historic site of Ivan Karkheh is located 18 kilometres from the city of Dezful
along the banks of Karkheh River, southwest Iran. It stands on the ruins of a
splendid brick-built palace left from the Sasanian dynasty, and was one of the
most important cities of Khuzestan province during that time.
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