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Sasanian Dyke of Mizan Damaged


17 June 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Dredging operations in an attempt to pull the trees out of Mizān Dyke in Sushtar by Islamic Republic’ Regional Water Organization of Khuzestan have resulted in damaging some parts of the canal of this invaluable Sasanian dyke.


The bridge of Lashkar Dyke, Mizān Dyke, Shustar Waterfall, and Salāsel fortress are all considered as prominent historical sites in city of Shushtar, Khuzestan province.


Currently these historical sites are suffering from a horrifying state and are on verge of total destruction. This issue has become a matter of great concern for the cultural heritage experts. Passing of heavy vehicles from Mizān Dyke during the past few years has posed some serious threats to this 1700-year-old dyke.


According to Saeed Souzangar, member of Shushtar’s Cultural Heritage enthusiasts association, by using mechanical diggers for pulling of tree trunks out of the canal, Islamic Republic’ Regional Water Organization of Khuzestan has destroyed some parts of this Sasanian dyke.


Fifteen meters in thickness, Mizān Dyke’ had dual functionality during the ancient times. In addition to control the flow of water, it was constructed to divide the water of Kārun River into two parts. This Dyke was devised in a way that if the amount of released water overflows the permitted level - it was turned back to its original place.


However, as the result of passing HGVs over the bridge, some deep cracks have been appeared on dyke which are getting worse and are opening further.





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