LONDON, (CAIS) -- Irans Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization
(ICHTO) has said that with the commissioning the newly-built dam Jareh
in Ramhormuz, Khuzestan province, whose construction has shown 80 percent
progress, an 1,700-year old Sasanid Hormuz Dam, will be submerged.
According to the Persian daily Iran, the Sasanid dam, which
is 19 meters high and has a crown of 80 meters, is situated 20 kms from
Ramhormuz on the Zard (yellow) River. The ancient dam has aqueducts
as well as sewers and an ancient laundry is located nearby. The dam
also used to irrigate surrounding farmlands.
Director of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department in Ramhormuz,
Fardin Bigdeli said that Ministry of Energy has built a reservoir dam
in the area without conducting relevant studies and coordinating the
operations with the ICHTO.
He said that several farmers have been forced to abandon the area because
of the construction of the new dam. That is why no one can claim that
the dam would benefit agriculture, Bigdeli added.
Ministry of Energy on behalf of of the regime is responsible for
conducting research on every project before implementing them, but,
they did not do so in the case of Jareh Dam. After the ICHTO objected
to the ministry against the project, they agreed to hire consultants
to study the complaint but practical steps have not yet been taken in
He praised the skills of the Iranians during the Sasanid dynasty which
culminated in the construction of the dam. They Iranoan engineers
during the Sasanian dynasty conducted studies before selecting the location
of the dam. Modern science and technology will also confirm the correctness
of their decision, he stated.
Bigdeli said that the construction of the 1,700-year dam is arduous
enough given the strength of construction materials applied in the structure.
He said that egg yolks have been used in the material in addition to
plaster and lime.
He said that houses built in the neighborhood of the ancient dam relate
to the Safavid dynastic era (1502-1736 CE) and all these structures
will go under water once the newly-built dam is filled with water.
The official noted that the Sasanid dam was registered on the ICHTO
cultural heritage list in 1999 and the organization is responsible for
He said that experts believe that superior technology is required to
save the Sasanid dam, but the Ministry of Energy acting on behalf of
the government has prevented photography in the area.
The ministry has promised to hire consultants to look into ways of prevent
the ancient dam from being submerged, but, since no action has been
taken yet, the ICHTO will recruit consultants for the purpose at the
expense of Ministry of Energy, he concluded.
Iranian Deputy Announces Village With Cavemen Discovered
at Jiroft Heights
IRNA (Internet Version-WWW)
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Tehran, May 24, IRNA -- MP from Jiroft, Ali Zadsar here Wednesday said
that a village whose residents are cavemen has been discovered at the
heights of the city of Jiroft near Anbarabad in the southeastern province
Speaking on the sidelines of Majlis open session, he said that a village
was discovered 120 kms from the town of Anbarabad in the winter of 2005.
He added that the residents of the newly-discovered village put on
no clothes and feed on leaves.
Zadsar said, "The village, called Pid-Nekoupieh, is situated in
the mountain and the 200 people who live there have never left their
Quoting those who have visited the village, he said that the residents
of Pid-Nekoupieh know nothing about the Almighty God, religion, Islam
and have never seen any vehicle in their lifetime.
"Besides, they have never been to hospitals nor have they taken
any medicine, for which they must feel sorry after finding out about
it after so many years," he added.
The MP said that of the 700,000 people residing in southern Kerman,
300,000 live in cottages, adding that there are still some villages
in the province which have not yet been discovered.
Zadsar called on the cabinet to allocate the required credit to the
province to be used in solving the problems facing it, such as fighting
famine and repairing the provincial roads.
(Description of Source: Tehran IRNA (Internet Version-WWW) in English
-- official state-run news agency)