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10/17/07

Destruction of Historical Sites behind Seimareh Dam

By Soudabeh Sadigh

Once again uncoordinated activities of Iran's Ministry of Petroleum have caused serious damages to historical sites behind Seimareh dam in Ilam province.

Tehran, 17 October 2007 (CHN) - It seems the sad story of witnessing destruction of historical evidence due to lack of coordination between different organizations will never come to an end. This time, activities of oil exploration activities of Iran's Ministry of Petroleum have led into destruction of a number of historical sites behind Seimareh dam in Ilam province.

While existence of 100 prehistoric, historic, and Islamic sites have already been traced during archeological excavations behind Seimareh Dam and despite the fact that a number of cultural heritage experts including Hassan Fazeli Nashli, head of Archeology Research Center, believes that historical evidence located behind Seimareh Dam are even more invaluable than those behind Sivand dam in Fars province, ignorance toward them still continue. Recent activities of Iran's Ministry of Petroleum behind Seimareh Dam have put the status of these historical sites in risk and have dealt a real blow to number of these historical sites.

This is while Fazeli Nashli has denied issuing any permission by the Archeology Research Center for any oil exploration activities behind Seimareh Dam. Anyway, in addition to activities of Iran's Ministry of Petroleum, attendance of illegal diggers and their plundering in the area have also posed a real harm to the historical sites behind the dam.

Despite the efforts of CHN reporter, nobody has so far take responsibility for what has happened behind Seimareh dam, however, Siavash Saberi, director of the office for protecting and reviving historical sites, told CHN that if it is approved that the activities of Iran's Ministry of Petroleum has caused real damages to the registered sites behind the dam, Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization will demand compensation.

So far no authority has explained anything about the amount of destruction behind of Seimareh dam due to recent activities of Iran's Ministry of Petroleum.

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