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Ancient Iranian Heritage Under Threat


07 February 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Head of Iran’s Architecture Luminaries Association has scrutinized the extent to which an organization has the authority to make a decision that can submerge the site of an ancient Iranian civilisation.

In an interview with Persian service of Fars News Agency, Alireza Qahhari also expressed concern about the flooding of Sivand Dam and said that head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) has expressed approval for filling the dam with water without presenting any explanation to the Parliament or the people and will reportedly announce this in writing within a few days.

He further said that the decision was made without regard to the outcome of excavations undertaken by 14 archaeological teams from a number of countries.

The groups conducted research works in different sections of the area, especially in Bolaghi Valley and achieved results which are unique, Qahhari said, adding that they came across mounds from the pre-common era, which are yet to be excavated.

Meanwhile, 137 archaeological sites, including the pre-historic caves, metal-smelting kilns, stone furnaces, as well as an Achaemenid palace, denoted to Darius the Great, part of the Imperial Road (Rah-e Shahi), graveyards from the Arsacid dynastic period as well as seven kilometres of stone boundary were discovered by the team, which are unique in the world, will be lost forever.

All these findings will be submerged once the Sivand Dam becomes operational, he said, noting that this is source of concern for environment experts as well as archaeologists and architects.
If the dam is filled with water, the area will undergo ecological changes, thus one of such a unique areas in the world will be destroyed, Qahhari concluded.




Extracted From/Source: Iran Daily

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