The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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