The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- The never-ending story of discovery of a
historical site in the vicinity of recently constructed dams in Iran has
repeated in Zanjan province behind the Galabar dam, which has already been
started an emergency excavation behind Galābar dam in an attempt to rescue
historical evidence before they are submerged forever. During the very first
days of excavations behind the dam we succeeded in identifying a prehistoric
site belonging to Copper and Stone Ages. The discovery came concurrent with our
archaeological excavations in an Islamic fortress which is located on the top of
the hill,” said Abolfazl Aali, head of excavation team behind Galābar Dam to
Persian service of CHN.
inundation of Galābar dam has been already started without getting the approval
of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Zanjan province. This is
while the authorities of the dam were already informed about the possibility of
existence of historical sites behind the dam. The discovered prehistoric site
will be submerged completely when the reservoir of the dam is filled up.
to Aali, some negotiations have been made with authorities of the dam to reduce
the speed of flooding of the dam in an attempt to save historical sites behind
Islamic era fortress is the other historical site which has been identified so
far behind the dam on top of a hill. “This hill is belongs to the Islamic
period (651 CE afterwards). Since only the foothill will be submerged with
inundation of the dam and the level of water would not reach to the top of the
hill, the fortress will remain like an island in the reservoir,” added head of
excavation team behind Galabar dam.
further said that since there might not have been much Islamic architectural
evidence in the foothill, the archaeology team would be able to complete their
excavations in the shortest time.
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