The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- Following spreading news about inundation
of Salman-e Farsi Dam in Iranian Fars province, illegal diggers have rushed to
the area and plundered the Sasanian cemetery which is located in the vicinity of
the reservoir of the dam.
to Hassan Fazeli Nashli, director of Archaeology Research Centre, as soon as the
news about flooding of Salman-e Farsi Dam released, illegal diggers rushed to
the region and looted the Sasanian cemetery located behind the dam.
number of burial gifts such as clay vessels and small earthen statuettes have
been smashed due to plundering by smugglers.
demand of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO), the
inundation of Salman-e Farsi dam has been stopped and archaeological research in
a Sassanian city located in the vicinity of dam’s reservoir have been started.
Meanwhile, salvation project in Sassanian graves is also due to be started in an
attempt to save this historic cemetery against harms posed by illegal
diggers,” said Fazeli Nashli.
While a Sasanian city is laid behind Salman-e Farsi dam, its inundation was started on March 2007 without getting the approval of ICHTO. Although authorities of the dam have announced that they have stopped the inundation in order to undertake some technical tests on the dam, it has provided archaeologists the chance to start their excavations in historical sites behind the dam which would be submerged by inundation of the dam.
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