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New Namrud Dam Threatens Ancient Mounds


18 January 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- An archaeologist at Damavand Cultural Heritage and Tourism Office has warned that the ancient mounds of Soleh Ben and Soleh Ben village in Firouzkuh, Tehran province will be submerged once Namrud Dam is filled with water engulfing an area within a radius of 800 meters, reported Iran Daily on Wednesday 17.

Ebrahim Akbari told Persian Service of ISNA that the Islamic Republic Energy Ministry is presently constructing Namrud Dam the feasibility studies for which began before 2001 and its construction will be completed by 2010.

“Based on agreements between Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization and the Energy Ministry, the height of the dam should be reduced,“ he added.

Akbari noted that if nothing is done to lower the height of the dam, the ancient mound will completely submerge because it is located 300 meters to the northeast of Soleh Ben village.
Soleh Ben ancient mound was registered as national heritage on March 10, 2002.

Namroud Dam will be built across Damavand’s Hablehroud River to provide water to nearby villages.


Extracted From/Source: Iran Daily

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