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Islamic Regime's Salman-e Farsi Dam Began Devouring Iranian Heritage


19 March 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- The first phase of inundation of Salman-e Farsi Dam which is built among a number of historic sites in Iran’s Fars province finally took place on March 15, without informing Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO). It is said that there are more than 20 unexcavated historic sites dated to the Sassanid dynastic period (224-651 CE) along the reservoir of the dam which will be submerged once the reservoir is filled completely.


The ICHTO’ experts had been trying for the past two years to excavate the historic sites near the Dam, but were unsuccessful since Islamic Regime’ Water Organization showed little interest, if any, to cooperate with archaeologists.


The lake behind Salman-e Farsi Dam includes 15 sites from the Elamite Empire (3400-550 BCE) to the post-Sasanian era (651-861 CE) and Islamic period. In addition, archaeologists have found evidence of a great fire temple in the reservoir area of the Salman-e Farsi Dam.


Located in Darab Plain, one of the main residential settlements of the Sassanid dynastic era, construction of Salman-e Farsi Dam began in 1994 along with a number of other dams in the region such as the Mullah-Sadra Dam whose inundation is seen as a real threat to a number of invaluable historic evidence including a prehistoric hill, 13 graves of the Parthian dynastic era (248 BCE–224 CE), and 5 other historic and post-Sasanian sites.




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

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