The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- Activities of Kermanshah’s Telecommunication Company for laying
cables in the vicinity of Bistun world heritage site resulted in destruction of
some historical monuments dating back to the Sasanian dynasty (224-651 CE) and
Ilkhanid (1256-1336 CE) period near the Khosrow Bridge.
an interview with Persian service of CHN, Asadollah Biranvand, director of the
Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Kermanshah province (KCHTO), said
that the Kermanshah’s Telecommunication Company started its activities without
obtaining permission from the KCHTO. He further mentioned that installing cables
in Bistun Plain has now been stopped.
to an expert of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Company (ICHTO),
Kermanshah’s Telecommunication Company had previously asked for permission
from the organization to start installing cables in Bistun Plain. However, due
to existence of large numbers of historic sites including a buried city in the
area, each time the request was turned down by ICHTO authorities.
evidence indicates that a city must have existed near the Khosrow Bridge, which
has been buried over time. The existence of the city was confirmed after the
geophysical studies carried out. Studies by archaeologists in Bistun Plain,
which started about three years ago, also revealed existence of number of
historic monuments in the region.
some Sasanian stones, Ilkhanid bricks and kilns belonging to a more recent time
have been destroyed during the activities of Kermanshah Telecommunication
Company. It is still not clear which monument these pieces of stone and brick
might have belonged to; however, archaeologists presume that they must have been
parts of monuments adjacent to the Khosrow Bridge.
Bridge is built over Gāmāsyiāb River, two kilometres southwest of Bistun
between Bistun and Takht-e Shirin.
Plain in western Iran is spread at the foothill of Bistun Mountain where several
ancient remains including prehistoric caves, a temple from the Median dynastic
empire (728 -550 BCE), the relief and the inscription of Darius the Great,
Seleucid statue of Hercules, and many other historic remains so far have been
Bistun is the eighth and so far the last Iranian monument which has been inscribed in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.
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