The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- Smugglers
using explosives in search of artefacts have caused damages to the ancient rock
tomb of Sorkh Deh located in the town of Hersin in the Western Iranian province
of Kermanshah, reported the Persian Service of ISNA on Sunday.
a contradictory statement Amirali Hosseini-Khani head of Hersin CHHTO denied any
explosions or damages to the ancient site saying: “the explosion sounds came
from the nearby mines and the rock tombs are in perfect condition.”
added “when we were informed about the explosion we attended the site and
found no evidence of any damage and therefore the news was just propaganda and a
is while the governor of Hersin confirmed the explosion and damage to the site.
Wednesday evening we were informed that there were explosion sounds coming from
the rock tombs in the Eshaqvand Area and police were deployed to investigate the
claim”, said Bahman Qorbani, governor of Hersin.
continued “the initial invitations indicted that the smugglers did not use
significant amounts of explosives and thus damage caused to the invaluable site
were not that serious.”
regard to the extent of damages he stated: “only in Shorkh Deh rock tomb a few
stones were displaced which is not serious.”
concluded “it is unfortunate that the site is left unprotected and is only
occasionally visited by the local police.”
Sorkh Deh rock tomb is located 25 kilometres southwest of Hersin and northeast
of Deh-no Village in Kermanshah Province.
Sorkh Deh in Persian means “red village” is one of the many rock tombs in
the area, which dates back to either the late Median (728-550 BCE) or early
Achaemenid (550-330 BCE) dynastic eras.
According to some Sorkh Deh Romb was the resting place of Smerdis the youngest son of Cyrus the Great and brother of King Cambyses II.
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