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Last Iranian Year: A Year of Broken Promises and Destruction of Iranian Heritage in Bolaghi Valley

 

03 April 2008

 

 

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  Two of the prehistoric kilns in Bolaghi valley - Pictures courtesy of Mr. Ahmadreza Tavakoli, Iranian.com (Click to enlarge)

 

By Shapour Suren-Pahlav

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- At 15:40 hours of April 06, 2007 another dark chapter added to the history of this damned nation when the Islamic regime’s president Mahmood Ahmadinejad ordered the inundation of Bolaghi Valley and the destruction of 137 pre-Islamic Iranian sites.

 

The Islamic regime's authorities back in 2007 have promised to complete Pasargadae museum and safeguard a number of archaeological sites in Bolaghi Valley, including the restoration of the Achaemenid palace denoted to Darius the Great, which was discovered in early 2006; funding further excavation prior to complete submergence of the archaeological sites; removal of Sasanian wine workshops and four pre-Historical kilns to a safe location – none of which have been honoured.

 

To this date the artificial lake which very soon will drown the remaining archaeological sites in the valley, has already submerged the Achaemenid village, a large section of the Achaemenid Pardis (Garden), hunting ground and section of Royal Road, 7,000-years-old industrial settlement belonged to pre-historic potters who their bodies buried underneath their houses, a cave with its 10,000 year-old dweller, as well as large number of small pre-historic sites.

 

In addition Iranian archeologists have warned that since Darius the Great’s palace's grounds is located at the end of the artificial lake, will soon turn to a reed-bed and further excavation will be impossible. Water is also a few inches away from Sasanian wine workshops, and they will be drowned within the next week or two.

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