The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(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.
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.
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
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.
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