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Thousands of Unique Fossils Stored in the Garage of a Rental House in Kerman

Report and photos by Mehr News Agency, Kerman

Mohsen Tajrobehkar, the manager of the ancient studies in Kerman, told the reported of Mehr News Agency that 70,000 unique fossils are being kept in the garage of a rental house without proper protection. He added that the other part of the fossils collection kept in the ancient studies museum is also in danger due to lack of attention by the officials because cracks have appeared in the walls of the museum and water has sipped in through the ceiling and the walls.

Tajrobehkar added that with a lot of effort he has collected 140,000 fossils from various parts of the Kerman province and that 50% of these fossils are unique in the world.  He said that out of 140,000 fossils, 3,000 are kept in the museum, 70,000 are kept in the garage, 20,000 are in a room in Harandi Garden and the rest in the museum's storage in unsuitable conditions; and all these fossils are in danger of being seriously damaged.

fossils kept in fruit baskets in the garage

According to Tajrobehkar, the museum has many times contacted the responsible offices without any success. But finally there seems to be some positive developments after contacting the cultural heritage office.

Compounding the problem, the electricity to the museum has been cut off since two years ago and nothing has been done to address this problem. When a French delegation visited the museum early this year, the electricity was restored. But it was cut off again after the delegation left!

Read the full report (in Persian)

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