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ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS OF THE IRANIAN WORLD

 

Another Catastrophe Descends on Cultural Heritage in Hamedan Province

 

18 April 2007

 

 

 

Edited by Shapour Suren-Pahlav

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- As the Islamic Republic's Energy Ministry recently began filling the Sivand Dam reservoir in the ancient Bolaghi Valley, the Kalan Dam project is also rubbing salt into the wounds of cultural heritage near Malayer, southwestern Hamedan Province.

 

A team of Iranian archaeologists has been carrying out rescue excavations since March 1 on a 22-meter high mound named Patappeh, the Shatt-e Ghileh site, and a number of other ancient sites, all of which will be submerged by the dam’s reservoir.

 

With a length of 826 meters and a height of 46 meters, the earth dam is being constructed 30 kilometres southwest of Malayer.

 

“Fourteen ancient sites have been identified during the initial studies, which lasted 20 days,” team director Hassan Rezvani told the Persian service of CHN on Tuesday.

 

“This is the first time that rescue excavations have been carried out on a Tappeh of such a height in Iran, and according to our plan, the operations will be completed in the next two years,” he added.

 

“The main part of the Tappeh includes ruins and a castle dating back to the Parthian and Sasanian dynastic eras. However, studies on strata show that the Tappeh had been inhabited since the fourth millennium BCE,” Rezvani explained.

 

“Several 10x10 meter trenches have been dug at Patappeh, and traces dating from the post-Sasanian period have been discovered during the excavations. In addition, the ruins of a Sasanian castle can be clearly observed in the stairstep trenches,” he added.

 

The excavations are being sponsored by the officials of the dam.

 

Iran’s cultural heritage has been greatly threatened by Islamic regime's dam construction projects over the past few years, in a systematic attempt to wipe out the traces of Pre-Islamic Iranian heritage.  

 

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