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Stop the Repetition of Jiroft’s Tragedy in Milagerd


10 July 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- According to Malekzadeh, after Grishman excavations, evidence of gray clay culture was identified in other historical sites of Iran’s central plateau as well.  


Milajerd is the most southern Iron Age site in Iran’s central plateau which dates back to 1250 to 880 BCE and is called as a piece of cultural puzzle of this epoch by archaeologists.      


Milajerd is an ancient cemetery, which was accidentally discovered some 5 years ago during laying gas pipes in the area, ever since this historic area has been plundered several times by a number of opportunists due to lack of protection. Currently an area about 100 in 100 square meters have been identified, however, archaeologists believe that the area must have been much bigger than this and one of their main aims is to clarify the limitation of this historic site. 


The burial gifts unearthed from the graves denote to the Iron Age II in Iran and resembles to those previously discovered in cemetery A of Sialk historical site.


However, despite all its invaluable archaeological importance, Milajerd historic site is still waiting to receive financial support for rescuing operations.


Mohsen Javeri, director of Archaeology Department of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Department in Esfahan province told CHN that they are trying to convince Iran’s Plan and Budget Organization to solve the budget problem existing in this regard.


“Conducting archaeological excavations in Milajerd historical site is one of the priorities of ICHHTO’s Isfahan Base. Therefore, we have asked Mehrdad Malekzadeh who is a specialist in Iron Age studies, to come to Isfahan to cooperate in this project. However, unfortunately due to financial problems the project has been postponed,” added Javeri. 


Although according to Saeed Baktash, director of Esphahan’s ICHHTO, the Organization is trying to protect the area against being looted though increasing the number of guards in the region, archaeologists still believe that the area is not well protected and is still at risk of being plundered.  


Since the area has been greatly plundered during the recent years, the graves have been disturbed and a large number of historical relics have been looted. Archaeologists strongly believe that rescuing of Milajerd is in a state of emergency and if this trend of plundering continues, in a very near future we will witness the lost of invaluable cultural heritage evidence.




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


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