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Bistun’s Cultural Landscape Intruded by Telecom Company


28 January 2007




LONDON, (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. 


In 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.


According 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.


Historic 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.  


Currently, 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.


Khosrow Bridge is built over Gāmāsyiāb River, two kilometres southwest of Bistun between Bistun and Takht-e Shirin.


Bistun 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 discovered.


Bistun is the eighth and so far the last Iranian monument which has been inscribed in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites.




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

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