The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- A
team of archaeologists has recently identified 100 ancient sites behind the
Seimareh Dam reservoir in western Iran’s Ilam Province.
sites have been identified as belonging to a whole array of historical eras
including Neolithic, Bronze Age, Copper Age, Stone Age, as well as Parthian (248
BCE-224 CE), Sasanian (224-651 CE) dynastic eras, and post-Sasanian period
(651-850 CE), team director Rasul Seyyedin Borujeni told the Persian service of
CHN on Tuesday.
sites spread over a vast area. Thus we need a large team of archaeologists in
order to begin salvage operations. The success of the project depends on the
setting of priorities and the conduction of regular excavations,” he added.
Seimareh Dam has been constructed over the river Seimareh and is located 30
kilometres northwest of the city of Darehshahr. The filling of the dam has been
scheduled to commence by the end of the Iranian year (March 19, 2008 ).
studies for the dam project began in the early 1970s without knowledge of any
archaeological sites presence, and was completed in 1990. The double-arch dam
has a concrete structure and a crest height of 180 meters above its lowest
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