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Unkindness towards Hormozgan Historical Sites Continues

Tehran, 15 August 2007 (CHN) - While 5 months have passed since Iranian new year, no budget has been still allocated for researching programs and excavations in Hormozgan historical sites.

In a talk with CHN, Marjan Ravayi, expert of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Hormozgan province, explained about the interruption in researching projects of this province due to lack of budget.

She further added that since the condition for preserving historical sites after being excavated is not prepared yet, the budget which has been considered by Iran's Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization (ICHHTO) for undertaking excavations in one of historical sites is actually unusable.

This is while archeological excavations had been already started last year in Hormozgan province which led into discovery of some important historical evidence. The project was supposed to be resumed if the budget is provided.

Located in southern Iran, Hormozgan province has 14 islands in the Persian Gulf and 1000 kilometers of coastline. The province is known to have been a settlement area during the Achaemenid dynastic era (550-330 BC). Hormozgan is said to have been particularly prosperous between 241 and 211 BC, but is said to have grown even further in trade and commercial significance after the arrival of the Islamic era (651 AD).

Marco Polo visited the port of Bandar Abbas, capital city of Hormozgan province in 1272 and 1293 and reported widespread trading in Persian jewelry, the ivory and silk of IndoChina, and pearls from Bahrain in the Bazaars in the port of Hormuz.

Lashtan fortress located 6 kilometers east of Lengeh port, which is believed to date back to the Achaemenid era, is one of Hormozgan historical sites which ICHHTO experts are trying to prepare its file for being inscribed in list of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites.

Soudabeh Sadigh

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