The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
Edited by Shapour Suren-Pahlav
LONDON, (CAIS) -- In the most controversial case, the reservoir of the Sivand Dam is about to devour a large section of the Bolaghi Valley in Fars Province, which is home to over 130 archaeological sites, dating from prehistoric periods to the post-Sasanian era.
According to a cultural heritage expert in Pasargadae, closing the discharge tunnel of Sivand Dam for flooding the dam has been started.
Republic's Energy Minister Parviz Fattah announced on April 06 that the filling
of the Sivand Dam reservoir began after the ministry had received official
permission from the ICHTHO.
ministry as the result of pressure had postponed the filling of the dam reservoir until September in order
to give experts more time to conduct archaeological excavations and research,
but ICHTHO Director Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaii a confidant and advisor to the
republic's president misleadingly claimed last week that, "in his point of view, the filling
of the reservoir of the Sivand Dam does not pose a problem,
and it is unnecessary to continue the rescue excavations in the
who was ironically appointed as the director of ICHTHO after Mahmud Ahmadinejad
appointed as the regime's new president, said
in a press conference in March 2006 that he has never heard of Sivand Dam or the Bolaghi Valley.
The Sivand Dam was scheduled to become officially operational in time for the current visit of the Islamic regime's fundamentalist president Mahmood Ahmadinejad to Fars Province.
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