The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- As the Iranian New Year is approaching on
March 21, a large number of salvation projects which were started last year have
remained unfinished due to lack of budget or in some cases the huge amount of
work which needed to be done. This is why Archaeology Research Centre of
Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization has asked the Iranian
Cabinet Ministers to allocate a 3 million US Dollar budget for completing
archaeological salvation projects in historical sites of the country.
an ancient civilization, Iran has an untapped potential for archaeological
activities; however, development projects in the country have posed real threats
to many historical sites. Cultural heritage experts believe that considering the
large number of archaeological sites which exist in Iran, last year’s budget
which amounted to one million USD allocated to salvation projects in Iran was
not adequate at all.
Research Centre of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization has
requested a three million US dollar budget from the Cabinet Ministers. This will
somehow compensate for the existing budget shortages provided that the request
is approved by the Cabinet Minister,” said Hassan Fazeli Nashli, director of
Iran’s Archaeology Research Centre.
Fazeli Nashli also said that the country must try to provide all means for archaeological excavations not to be stopped for any reason and added: “Because of the insufficient budget allocated to salvation projects, sometimes we had to spend our research budgets for salvation projects. Currently a special budget is needed to complete the salvation project in the vicinity of Simaran, Kalan, and Polvar (Sivand) dams. Otherwise, some of our major historical sites would face an increasing threat of being completely obliterated by the dams.”
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