The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(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
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
final decision will be announced on September 29, CHTHO deputy director Fariborz
Dowlatabadi said on Sunday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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