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History of Dareh Shahr Ploughed by Tractors


29 June 2007





LONDON, (CAIS) -- Continuation of agricultural activities in vicinity of national heritage site of Dareh Shahr located in Iranian western province of Ilam has posed real harms to this historic city.


According to Behzad Faryadian, head of Seimareh Cultural Heritage Base, Dareh Shahr historic city was registered as the tenth national heritage sited in list of Iranian National Heritage sites in 1932. However the area of this national heritage site since early 1980s has reduced from 200 to 60 hectares due to activity of tractors in the region.    


So far, agricultural activities have razed a large amount of historical evidence to the ground and have resulted in destruction of a large number of remained historical buildings.


According to head of Seimareh Cultural Heritage Base, the project for preparing the map of this historic city has already been started and the areas which have been occupied by farmers and villagers have been identified and introduced to authorities of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization to be decided upon.  


Based on official documentations, currently the farmers who have occupied the lands do not have title deeds and just have joint deed. Faryadian further added that considering that there was no control over the lands during the last decades a large area of the lands of this territory have been occupied and gone under cultivation by local farmers.


He has also required the governmental and provincial authorities to do something in this regard through introducing the high value this cultural heritage site in national and international level and providing the budget for redeeming the surrounding areas of this historic city.




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


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