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Latest Archaeological and Cultural News of Iran and the Iranian World

 

Archaeologists to Refuse Help Over Possible Iran Strike

 

11 July 2008

 

 

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Archaeologists are arguing that by making a list, they would be condoning the hostile invasion of a sovereign nation.

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- Persepolis, once the capital of the mighty Persian Empire; the massive mud-brick Bam citadel and the Isfahan's Naqsh-e Jahan (Shah) square are among the nine listed World Heritage Sites in Iran. Yet leading archaeologists are urging colleagues to refuse any military requests to draw up a list of Iranian sites that should be exempted from air strikes.

 

"Such advice would provide cultural credibility and respectability to the military action," said a resolution agreed by the World Archaeological Congress in Dublin, Ireland, last week. Instead, delegates were advised to emphasise the harm that any military action would do to Iran's people and heritage.

 

During the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, bombing damaged important monuments, including the Al-Zohur Palace in Baghdad, and museums and archaeological sites were later looted - even though archaeologists had been consulted in advance.

 

"If these archaeologists had little impact in terms of saving even the few selected archaeological sites listed, what did they achieve?" asks Yannis Hamilakis of the University of Southampton, UK.  

 

 

 

 

Extracted From/Source: NewScientist.com [*]

  

 

 

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