The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- Barm-e Dalak, one of the most important
sites in Iran date to the Sasanian dynasty has been turned into a garbage dump.
Located in southeastern Shiraz in Fars Province, the site is home to two
Sasanian bas-reliefs both carved on a small rock, the Persian service of CHN
reported on Tuesday.
Waste material from construction projects
and industrial activities has been dumped at the site. In addition, tar residues
from an asphalt manufacturing plant are released into a nearby rivulet,
polluting the environment.
A marsh has also been created by the
rivulet nearby, increasingly polluting the site.
Barm-e Dalak was a holy site during the
Sasanian dynastic period (224-651 CE). One of the bas-reliefs depicts two people
respectfully standing before a burner. One of the people is believed to be
Sasanian king Bahram II (r. 276–293).
The other bas-relief shows a woman
receiving a flower from a man, who is surmised to be a prince.
These bas-reliefs are important for
featuring types of royal costumes in use during the Sasanian dynasty.
The bas-reliefs have deliberately been
defaced by vandals and also by writing graffiti.
Making excuses for its negligence, the
Fars Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department stated that it would
not provide security for the bas-reliefs since Barm-e Dalak is located in an
area owned by a private sector organisation.
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