cais1.gif (153930 bytes)

CAIS Persian Text.gif (34162 bytes)

CAIS

The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies


 Persian Section.PNG (9914 bytes)


Home


About CAIS


Articles


Daily News


News Archive


Announcements


CAIS Seminars


Image Library


Copyright


Disclaimer


Submission


Search


Contact Us


Links


Facebook-Button.jpg (107165 bytes)



.CAIS NEWS©

ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS OF THE IRANIAN WORLD

 

Iran's Archaeological Sites Damaged by Bacteria

 

20 March 2007

 

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- SADDAM HUSSEIN can't be blamed this time. Damage to important archaeological sites in southern Iran was not after all caused by smoke from oil fires ignited during the first Persian Gulf war, according to a report by NewScientist.com on March 18.

 

Iran held Iraq responsible for the blackening of ruins at Persepolis and the tomb of Cyrus the Great at Pasargadae, even filing an unsuccessful claim for compensation with the UN.

 

Now researchers from Italy's National Research Council in Bologna have found that bacteria are to blame. DNA tests and electron microscopy confirmed the presence of cyanobacteria, which leave a black residue when they dry out. Analysis of the chemical composition of the deposit showed that it came from cyanobacteria and not from petroleum-based pollution (Environmental Science & Technology, DOI: 10.1021/es062176s).

 

"officials in Iran wanted us to demonstrate that one of the causes of the blackening was the burning of the wells," says Alessandra Bonazza, who led the study. "I think they are probably disappointed by what we found."

 

 

 

Extracted From/Source: NewScientist.com

Please note the above-news is NOT a "copy & paste" version from the mentioned-source. The news/article above has been modified with the following interventions by CAIS: Spelling corrections; -Rectification and correction of the historical facts and data; - Providing additional historical information within the text; -Removing any unnecessary, irrelevant & repetitive information.

     All these measures have been taken in order to ensure that the published news provided by CAIS is coherent, transparent, accurate and suitable for academics and cultural enthusiasts who visit the CAIS website.

 

 

 

my_Iran.jpg (13682 bytes)

"History is the Light on the Path to Future"

 

Persian_NOT_Farsi_by_Shapour_Suren-Pahlav_3D2.gif (177309 bytes)


 

Encyclopaedia Iranica


BIPS.jpg (15695 bytes)

The British Institute of Persian Studies


"Persepolis Reconstructed"

Persepolis_reconstructed2.jpg (36944 bytes)

Persepolis3D


The British Museum


The Royal

Asiatic Society


Persian_Gulf_Facebook.jpg (1935028 bytes)

The Persian Gulf

Facebook Page




Please use your "Back" button (top left) to return to the previous page

Copyright © 1998-2015 The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies (CAIS)