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Seimareh Dam Reservoir Devours 100 Archaeological Sites


25 September 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- A team of archaeologists has recently identified 100 ancient sites behind the Seimareh Dam reservoir in western Iran’s Ilam Province.


The 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.


“The 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.


The 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 ).


Initial 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 foundation.




Extracted From/Source*: Mehr News


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