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Tehran Median Dynasty Fortress Longs for Preservation


11 April 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Following the recent acts passed by Management Committee of Nazarabad Governor Office, a special budget has been considered for reorganizing the condition of 9000-year-old Medes fortress in Uzbek historic site, Tehran province. However, this budget must be approved by Iran’s Management and Planning Organization.


Announcing this news, Ali Khodabandelou, director of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Nazarabad told Persian service of CHN: “Approving this budget would be an important measure for preserving this only remained earthen Median dynastic (728-550 BCE) fortress and enforcing the salvation project of this historical site and changing this complex into one of the most important museum sites of the Middle East.”


According to director of Nazarabad’s CHTO, this historic site has been left unprotected since three years ago which have resulted in devastation of important hills such as Doshan Tappeh and Yan Tappeh and some other historical evidence in the region are in verge of destruction due to lack of protection.


Evidence of five periods of earthen architectural style belonging to two different cultural periods ranging in date from seventh to sixth millennia BC and remains of the most ancient earthen evidence in Iran have been traced in this area. Due to its unique archaeological importance, this historic site was supposed to be turned into a museum site.


In a talk, the private owner of the lands where this historic site is located has announced his readiness for any cooperation including investing for reorganizing this historic site and changing it into a museum site. However, authorities of ICHTO have yet made no measure in this regard.


While more than two years has passed since the latest excavations in this 9000-year-old historic site, nothing has been done for saving this historic site and preserving it against possible damages. This is while archaeologists and cultural heritage experts who have conducted six seasons of excavations in this historic site have already warned about the possibility of damages due to rains and winds in the region.


Anyway, considering the necessity for holding a meeting with presence of authorities of Tehran’s CHTO and private owner of the lands, Mehdi Nazem Razavi, has informed about holding a session within a few days to clarify the situation of this historic site. He further expressed hope that this meeting would provide the attendees the opportunity to find a solution to legal problems of this 9000-year-old historic site and discuss the ways for changing it into a tourism destination.




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

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