The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
Edited by Shapour Suren-Pahlav
(CAIS) -- 1000-hectare area of a historical site
belonging to Parthian dynastic era (248 BCE-224CE) in Khuzestan province has
fall victim of development constructions of Islamic regime’s Hamidieh Azad
University in Hamidieh city.
destructive activities of Islamic Azad University, which prior to this has
demolished large parts of Sasanian Ivan Karkheh during its construction works
and agricultural activities raised the objections of cultural heritage
authorities in Khuzestan province. However, despite all oppositions made by
cultural heritage experts, this 2200-year-old site was not released.
a talk with Persian service of CHN, Mojtaba Gahtotuni, member of Khuzestan
cultural heritage enthusiasts association said: “With removing the soil with
mechanical shovel, Islamic Azad University is destroying a Parthian historic
site located on west of Ahvaz - Hamidieh road in order to construct the building
of the university.”
that this area has already been registered on 8th of March 2003 with
number of 7930 in list of Iran’s National Heritage sites, and existing of
architectural evidence in the area, cultural heritage enthusiasts immediately
took actions to protect the area against damages posed to it and asked the
authorities of the project to stop construction of Hamidieh Islamic Azad
University in this historical site.
to Gahsotuni, Hamidieh gas station is also located on ruins of this historic
area, however, Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization has made no
measure in this regard.
It seems a number of pre-Islamic historical sites and monuments have been targeted by Islamic Azad University in Khuzestan province for establishing its branches. Settling of the official department of this university in Abadan historical church has also evoked the objection of cultural heritage enthusiasts.
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