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Partho-Sasanian Sites of Abyaneh are in Danger


04 September 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Continuation of hotel construction in Abyaneh by families of Islamic regime’s prominent members and their close allies has put the status of this historical village at risk. Recent decision of an investor for erecting a hotel in eastern part of this historic village has raised the concern of cultural heritage enthusiasts and people of Abyaneh about the real harm which will pose to the first evidence of settlement in historic village.  


In a talk with Persian service of CHN, Abas Shakeri, secretary and general director of Abyaneh Council House, said: “Archaeological researches conducted by Abyaneh Archaeology Research Centre, show the existence of historical evidence dating back to Parthian (248 BCE-224 CE) and Sasanian (224-651 CE) in eastern parts of Abyaneh historic village. However, despite of all oppositions aroused by Abyaneh Cultural Heritage Centre and the order of deputy director of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) indicating that no construction is permitted in vicinity of this historic village until preparing a comprehensive plan, a new investor is severely intended to construct a hotel in this area.”


This is while based on archaeological researches, evidence of existence of Partho-Sasanian historic sites have been traced through the earthenware remains scattered in the area, only in 150 meters distance of the land which has been considered for construction of the hotel.


“Prior to this, by order of deputy director of ICHHTO, the case was taken to Natanz judiciary which ruled to prohibit any kind of construction in eastern part of the village. However, recently we have noticed insists of this investor for getting the permission for hotel construction in this area at any price,” added Shakeri.    


Historic village of Abyaneh is located near the city of Kashan in Iranian Esfahan province. With a unique reddish coloured buildings, a unique architectural style and its exceptional traditional customs. Abyaneh is one of the most ancient villages in Iran which attracts numerous native and foreign tourists every year, especially during traditional feasts and ceremonies.


The ruins of a Sasanian fort sit on top of the village. Since June 2005, the village has been undergoing archaeological excavations for the first time, as a result of an agreement between Abyaneh Research Centre and ICHHTO’ Archaeology Research Centre.


According to a report released recently following the visit of UNESCO representatives and experts of world heritage form Abyaneh village, this historical village has been recognized appropriate for being registered in list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.




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


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