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Tehran’s 9000-Year-Old Site Lacks Funding for Excavation


09 August 2008



LONDON, (CAIS) -- Tehran Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department (TCHTHO) lacks adequate funding to finance any new excavations on the 9000-year-old Ozbaki Tappeh in Nazarabad, near Savojbolagh in Tehran Province.


The first season of excavations was carried out on the site in 1997, during which several architectural ruins and artefacts dating back to ancient times and the post-Sasanian era were discovered.


A team of archaeologists led by Yusef Majidzadeh excavated the site in October 2005 for the second time.


During the excavations, a Median dynastic fortress (728-550 BCE) and a series of mud bricks, which are believed to be the first instance of these kinds of artefacts, were unearthed at the site that includes Gomush Tappeh, Jeyran Tappeh, Yan Tappeh, Maral Tappeh, and Doshan Tappeh.


Excavation projects have been halted at many ancient sites in Tehran Province, Archaeology Research Centre of Iran (ARCI) Director Mohammad-Hassan Fazeli Nashli told the Persian service of CHN on Friday.


According to Fazeli Nashli, TCHTHO is also unable to safeguard the sites due to the shortage of funds.


While Iranian archaeological and historical sites are on the verge of destruction as the result of negligence and inadequate or not having any financial backing, the Islamic regime is spending hundreds of millions of Iranian dollars every year for its' futile aims in the neighbouring countries, or financing cultures that have nothing to do with Iranians and Iranian heritage. Last week the Islamic regime allocated Seventeen trillion Rials (US $1.9 million) to non-governmental organisations dedicated in reciting the Qur’an, while that money could have been put rightly to good use and safeguard hundreds of Iranian heritage sites.




Extracted From/Source: Mehr News [*] and edited by Shapour Suren-Pahlav




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