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Inauguration of Sivand Dam Awaits ICHTO Approval

By Soudabeh Sadigh
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 to
Achaemenid King, Darius the Great,
unearthed in Bolaghi Gorge historic site
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.
The last archeological excavation in Bolaghi Gorge which is still continuing resulted in unearthing of a clay vessel engraved with the hunting scene of Achaemenid kings. The new discovery has opened a new chapter in archeological studies of Bolaghi Gorge.   
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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