Inauguration of Sivand Dam Awaits ICHTO Approval
Tehran, 21 November 2006 (CHN)
-- Construction of Sivand Dam in Bolaghi Gorge in Fars province has nearly come
to an end and the authorities of Fars Regional Water Organization are making it
ready for a catastrophic flood which will drown large numbers of historic sites
and archeological evidence of the region.
Remains of a palace denoted
Achaemenid King, Darius the Great,
unearthed in Bolaghi Gorge
However, based on previous agreements
between the country’s Ministry of Energy and Iran’s Cultural Heritage and
Tourism Organization (ICHTO), the date of inundation of Sivand Dam may not be
determined without first obtaining the approval of ICHTO. In other words, Sivand
Dam may not be flooded until ICHTO gives the dam authorities the go ahead.
Announcing this news, Mohammad Hassan
Talebian, director of Pars-e Pasaragadae Research Center explained that
currently a team consisting of Iranian and Polish archeologists is carrying out
excavations in Bolaghi Gorge. “This will be the last excavation project in
Bolaghi Gorge. After that, we will wait for the final decision of ICHTO
regarding final date of inundation of the Dam,” said Talebian to CHN.
Bolaghi Gorge together with all the 130
historical sites identified so far in its vicinity will be submerged once the
Sivand Dam is inundated.
One of the hottest discoveries in the
region was that of the remains of a palace denoted to Achaemenid King, Darius the
Great, which further proved the historic
importance of the area which is doomed to fade away by inundation of the Dam.
This has turned salvation of Bolaghi Gorge into the biggest one in the history
of Iran’s archeological activities as it involved large numbers of Iranian and
foreign archeologists, all trying to save the historic evidence of the area as
much as they can before the Dam floods the entire region.
View more images of Bolaghi Gorge and some
of the most outstanding discoveries of this historic area here
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