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Smugglers Using Explosives Have Caused Damages to the Ancient Rock Tomb of Sorkh Deh


27 July 2009



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  The Ancient Rock Tomb of Sorkh Deh

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LONDON, (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.


In 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.”


He 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 lie.”


This is while the governor of Hersin confirmed the explosion and damage to the site.


“On 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.


Qrobami 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.”


With regard to the extent of damages he stated: “only in Shorkh Deh rock tomb a few stones were displaced which is not serious.”


He concluded “it is unfortunate that the site is left unprotected and is only occasionally visited by the local police.”


The Sorkh Deh rock tomb is located 25 kilometres southwest of Hersin and northeast of Deh-no Village in Kermanshah Province.


The 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.






Original News bulletin published in Persian by ISNA - translated and modified by CAIS [*]




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