The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- The
second season of salvation operation behind the Salman Farsi dam will start in
mid-October, announced by Alireza Jafari director of archaeological research in
an intact Zoroastrian fire temple, a cemetery and a grave of a bowman which dated
to the Achaemenid dynastic era, are amongst the results of the first season of
archaeological excavations, he noted.
of Salman-e Farsi Dam by the Islamic republic started in 1994. However no
serious attempt was made previously to save the pre-Islamic sites located behind
the dam. Following spreading news about the first phase of inundation of the dam
which took place on March 2007 without informing Iran’s Cultural Heritage and
Tourism Organization (ICHTO), Iranians
voiced their objections towards this measure and asked the authorities of the
dam and the regime’s Ministry of Energy to postpone filling the reservoir of
the dam until archaeological excavations in the Sasanian city behind the dam is
completed, in which the request was denied.
July 2007, the regime’s Ministry of Power has promised not to fill up the
reservoir and keep the level of water low until the archaeological excavations
in the Sasanian city behind the dam come to an end.
Sasanian city which is located behind Salman-e Farsi Dam is consisted of 21
historical sites and it is considered one of the main residential settlements of
Sasanian dynastic era in Fars province.
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