Monday, November 22, 2004


More ancient sites to be submerged by Sahand Dam


Tehran Times

TEHRAN (MNA) -- In the marathon to submerge Iran’s ancient and historical sites, this time officials plan to flood a number of ancient sites through the construction of the Sahand Dam near Hashtrud in East Azerbaijan Province, which will become operational next year.

Archaeologists have said that over ten ancient sites in the region, some from the fifth millennium B.C., will buried under the water, an official of the East Azerbaijan Province Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department said on Saturday.

“Construction of the dam was only announced to the officials of the department after it was 50 percent completed,” said Mohammad Feiz-Khah.

“The dam will cause serious damage to Iranian cultural heritage,” said Bahram Omrani, the deputy director of the East Azerbaijan Province Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department.

“We plan to ask the East Azerbaijan Province Regional Water Authority to reduce the height of the dam to save some of the sites,” he added.

The Iranian media recently reported that ancient sites from the Elamite era are being submerged in Khuzestan Province by the Karun-3 Dam, which came on stream on November 7.

In related news, the Gilan Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department has announced that 16 historic sites will be submerged by a dam that is to be constructed on the Pol-Rud River near the city of Rudsar in Gilan Province.

In addition, construction of the Sivand Dam has begun in the region of Teng-e Bolaghi, four kilometers from Pasargadae, the ancient capital of the Achaemenids.

The dam is scheduled to be completed by March 21, 2005 and afterwards a part of the ancient city will be buried under tons of mud from the Polvar River. Pasargadae was registered on UNESCO’s World Heritage List last July.

Archaeologists have also said that the Gilan-e Gharb Dam is threatening a number of ancient sites dating back to the first millennium B.C. in Iran’s western province of Kermanshah.

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