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Discovery of a Prehistoric Site Behind Galabar Dam


16 May 2007




LONDON, (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 flooded.


“We 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.


The 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.


According 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 the dam.


An 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.


He 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.




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


*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.


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