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45,000 Years of History Razed Down at Kaftarkhun


16 February 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Operations to build a horserace-track in the prehistoric site of Kaftārkhūn resulted in complete destruction of large areas of this ancient site, located 4 kilometres west of the Fin Garden, close to the city of Kashan, Esfahan province. On the other hand, the eastern parts of this 45,000 year old Palaeolithic site have seen irrecoverable damage due to blasting operations to extract stone from a nearby quarry.


Association of Cultural Heritage Supporters of Kashan has repeatedly voiced its concern over the negative outcomes of the use of explosives to extract stone in the area and the consequent strong vibrations caused by the operations. The Association has warned that continuation of blasting operations in the area could eventually lead into destruction of Soleimaniyeh Spring which has over 7,000 years of antiquity. Furthermore, it is likely that vibrations caused during the process would leave severe negative impacts on the historic Fin Garden that is located 4 kilometres away.


The prehistoric site of Kaftarkhun was first studied by archaeologists in 2002 during which a number of stone instruments were found which point to a hunter-gatherer culture that was once predominant in the area.


Despite its historic importance, the Iranian Cultural Heritage Organisation has not registered Kaftarkhun as a national heritage, which is why the permission to start the operation was obtained from the Islamic Republic Ministry of Industries and Mines without consulting with the Iranian cultural heritage authorities.


Dated to the Palaeolithic Epoch, the area has been named Kaftarkhun (Kaftār meaning hyena) due to existence of rare species of hyena which live in the nearby mountains.





Extracted From/Source: Cultural Heritage News Agency (CHN)

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