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Experts to Determine Fate of Naqsh-e Rustam


23 September 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- A week-long study by experts will determine the fate of the pre-Islamic site of Naqsh-e Rustam in southern Iran’s Fars Province.


The decision was made during a meeting attended by officials from the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) and the Islamic Republic’s Ministry of Roads and Transportation (IRMRT) on September 22.


The IRMRT’s officials have come to an agreement with the CHTHO to modify a nearby railway route which would threaten the existence of the site if it were to become operational.


The final decision will be announced on September 29, CHTHO deputy director Fariborz Dowlatabadi said on Sunday.


The railway route embankment has been constructed at a distance of about 350 meters from Naqsh-e Rustam, but CHTHO’s archaeologists have requested that the distance be increased to 1000 meters.


They believe that if the railway route were to become operational at the shorter distance, train vibrations would eventually damage the monument and also cause the destruction of Achaemenid Ka’aba of Zoroaster within less than ten years.


Naqsh-e Rustam is an extremely important historical site since holds four tombs of Achaemenid king of kings including Darius the Great and his son Xerxes, which have been carved into the solid rock. The site also contains remains dating back to the Elamite period as well as Parthian and Sasanian dynastic eras.


Mohammad-Taqi Ataii, an archaeologist at the Parseh and Pasargadae Research Foundation, delivered a lecture during a seminar held at the University of Tehran (UT) on September 11 in which he expounded on the threats posed by the railway route to the Naqsh-e Rustam site.


Ataii established that if the railway route were to become operational at a distance of 350 meters from the monument, vibrations caused by passing trains will also broaden existing cracks in the tomb of king Xerxes which consequently ensures its destruction.




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