Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
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Iranian Heritage Under Threat
07 February 2007
(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
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.
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