The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
By Shapour Suren-Pahlav
(CAIS) -- What experts have warned and feared for the
past few years about the humidity level at the world heritage site of Pasargadae
after the inundation of Sivand dam, has now become a bitter reality as the
humidity has risen to a dangerous level, and lichen funguses are growing over
the body of the Cyrus the Great's Mausoleum.
which was previously unknown to the area is now easily felt. Members of the
public and a number of associate members of various Friends of Cultural Heritage
Societies who have visited Pasargadae and the Mausoleum during the Norouz
holiday, said that the high humidity is apparent, and damp can be smelt for
Province's Meteorological Centre have also confirmed that the area has been
suffering from a drought for the past six months and during this period it has
rained only three times, totalling 75millimeters, therefore this amounts to
nearly nothing to have an impact on the Pasargadae's current atmospheric
in 2007 an agreement was made between Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Organisation (ICHTO) and the Ministry of Energy, if the humidity levels become
apparent and thus places the heritage site in danger, the dam inundation should
be stopped immediately, and necessary measures to be taken to safeguard the
ancient site. As the result a small-hygrometer was installed was installed at
Pasargadae by the Ministry of Energy to monitor the humidity level. Since then
however no access was granted to the experts to read the data, or any
information made available to the public regarding the current and exact
extent of humidity in the area.
addition the Islamic regime as well as the Ministry of Energy officials have
refused to be interviewed, or willing to issue any statements in this regard.
ICHTO which is controlled by the government in Tehran has also refused to give
an explanation and its administration has forbidden their staff to accept any
interviews or to give any comments regarding this issue.
Sivand Dam became operational in
April 06, 2007 by the order of the Islamic regime's president Mahmood
Ahmadinejad, in the presence of a number of high ranking clerics and members of
the Islamic republic officials.
this date the artificial lake at Bolaghi Valley has submerged an Achaemenid village, a large section of the Achaemenid
Pardis (Garden), hunting ground, 7,000-years-old industrial settlement, as well as a large
number of small pre-historic sites. According to the visitors a large number of
trees at Bolaghi Valley, some hundreds and few even thought to have been
well-over a thousand year old have also been uprooted and burnt for no reason.
some sections of the mausoleum which are in shade from the sun have crustose and
foliose lichen funguses growing on them. Lichens when growing on stone surfaces
slowly decomposes their structural property by chemically degrading them,
ultimately contributing to a process that the stones gradually will turn into
Cyrus the Great's Mausoleum which has survived for over 2500 years has stood and witnessed the nation that he built, be conquered time and time again -- his children massacred and their wealth taken away by invading Macedonians, Arabs and Mongols, is now facing its biggest challenge - the Islamic Republic of Iran. This time Cyrus is facing his biggest enemy -- not the foreign invaders, but his own people.
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