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Second Season of Archaeological Salvation Operation behind Salman Farsi Dam


19 September 2007




LONDON, (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 the area.

According to Jafari, “the excavation at the final day of the first season of archaeology would lead to discovery of a Sasanian city.
During their excavations in eastern side of this Sasanian city, archaeologists have also confronted with a number of industrial workshops in the area including clay kilns and forges. Considering the architectural style of these industrial sites, archaeologists have concluded that this area must have been an industrial site.


Discovering 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.


Construction 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.


In 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.


The 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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