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Fate of Bolaghi Valley Hangs in Balance at Upcoming Seminar


15 January 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- The reservoir of the Sivand Dam will be filled, pending archaeologists’ decision at a seminar to be held in Tehran on January 20, the Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) Research Centre cleric director said at a press conference on Saturday.


“All the archaeologists that participated in the rescue excavations of the Bolaghi Valley will present their reports during the seminar. If the reports indicate that the rescue excavations have been completed, the filling of the dam will begin,” Taha Hashemi added.


If they say that their studies have not been completed, the filling of the reservoir will be postponed, he added.


However, the Islamic republic's energy minister said in a TV interview earlier this month that they will soon began filling the dam.


“Since the archaeological teams have removed their equipment from the sites, we consider their rescue excavations to be complete, so the process of filling the reservoir will soon be started,” Parviz Fattah said.


Team of Iranian along with French, Italian, Polish, Japanese, German, and Australian archaeologists worked in the Bolaghi Valley from 2004 to 2006 to save artifacts and glean information from the 130 archaeological sites which will be submerged by the reservoir of the Sivand Dam.


In response to a question about the recent incidents at Persepolis and the CHTHO’s decision to allow film crews to work at archaeological sites, Hashemi said, “It is not possible to shut the doors of archaeological sites to them. They have permission to come and use the sites, but preservation of the sites is also important. Thus, some regulations have been issued for granting filming licenses to work at the sites.”


A film crew shooting the TV series, which is being directed by Hassan Fat’hi for Islamic Republic Information Bureau (IRIB), poured a red liquid representing blood on the floor and walls of the Hadish Palace of Xerxes in Persepolis in late December, which left stains at the ancient site. A team of experts from the Parseh and Pasargadae Foundation successfully removed the stains On January 3.


Several days before the incident, a member of the same production crew damaged and stole two Persepolitan bas-reliefs depicting Achaemenid soldiers from the wall of the Artaxerxes Palace. He later was arrested and the damaged artefacts were recovered.




Extracted From/Source: Mehr News

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