The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- Historical
petroglyphs recently discovered at a site near the town of Gotvand in Khuzestan
Province are being threatened by giant excavating machines, reported the Persian
service of Mehr News Agency on Saturday.
two weeks ago, members of the Khuzestan's Friends of the Cultural Heritage
Association (TARIANA) and the Bum-o-Aftab Friends of the Cultural Heritage
Society have discovered a number of sandstone rocks bearing eleven petroglyphs
of ibex and human forms.
other petroglyphs of ibex and human forms had been discovered by a cultural
heritage expert at the site a year ago.
traffic of the excavator machines working for the Khuzestan Environment
Department may cause destruction of the petroglyphs, Tariana spokesman Mojtaba
has officially warned the Khuzestan Environment Department and the Khuzestan
Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department about its fear of
destruction of the artefacts.
However, they have not taken an action so far to halt the excavating at the site.
date of the petroglyphs
remains unknown as no research has ever carried out on them, however, the presentation
of Ibex motif is quintessentially characteristic of Iranian art.
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