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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.
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.
they say that their studies have not been completed, the filling of the
reservoir will be postponed, he added.
the Islamic republic's energy minister said in a TV interview earlier this month
that they will soon began filling the dam.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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