The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
LONDON, (CAIS) -- Archaeological studies show that a Sasanian city is being submerged in the reservoir of the Salman-e Farsi Dam, which is currently being filled in Fars Province, southern Iran.
were plans to excavate a number of Sasanian tappehs and other ancient sites in
this area, but Islamic Republic's officials have begun filling the dam without
informing the Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO),”
the director of the Archaeological Research Centre of Iran (ARCI) told the
Persian service of CHN on Wednesday.
about the excavations were held in summer 2006, and it was decided that the Fars
Regional Water Company would finance the excavations and the studies on the
reservoir,” Mohammad-Hassan Fazeli Nashli added.
ARCI archaeological team is currently surveying ancient sites in the region and
the studies show that a Sasanian city is being submerged by the reservoir, he
dam is being filled without the CHTHO’s permission, and the process should be
stopped as soon as possible,” Fazeli Nashli noted.
of the dam was started over a decade ago, but the CHTHO officials of the time
did not object to the project.
the former officials did not do their jobs correctly, it is not related to
today’s responsibilities. It is our duty to protect cultural heritage, and
Energy Ministry officials should also have such an attitude,” Fazeli Nashli
Province is home to many significant sites of the Sasanian Empire and this city,
which consists of 21 sites, is very important for archaeological studies.
addition, 42 sites from the Elamite, Achaemenid, Parthian, Sasanian, and
post-Sasanian eras will be flooded by the Mullah Sadra Dam’s reservoir, which
engineers have been filling since May. The Marvast Dam is also under
construction in the region.
Sivand Dam, which will flood a large section of the Bolaghi Valley in Fars
Province, is the most controversial case. The region has over 130 archaeological
sites dating from prehistoric periods to the early post-Sasanian era.
Sivand Dam’s reservoir was scheduled to be filled in early December, but the
Bolaghi Valley has been given a reprieve to give experts more time to conduct
archaeological excavations and research, and the filling of the dam has been
postponed until September.
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