The arches are believed to date back to an era before the advent of Islam in
The report was previously denied by an anonymous official of the Khuzestan Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department (KCHTHD).
A KCHTHD representative visited Mash Mardasi who confirmed that the project was
safe for the site, the official said.
However, MNA published a number of photos depicting the mud bricks of the structure scattered around the excavation for the irrigation project.
Mud bricks of one of the ancient arches, which have been destroyed by excavating machines working on an irrigation project at the Mash Mardasi ancient site in Iran's Khuzestan Province, are seen in the photo.
The Mash Mardasi site comprises several structures and a mound on which the
ruins of a Qajar era fortress remain.
Artifacts, including glazed pottery bearing zigzag shaped patterns have previously been discovered at the site.
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