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  • 12/5/2010

Historical petroglyphs in southern Iran in danger of destruction


Historical petroglyphs recently discovered at a site near the town of Gotvand in Khuzestan Province are being threatened by giant excavating machines.

About two weeks ago, members of the Khuzestan Cultural Heritage Lovers Society (Tariana) and the Bum-o-Aftab Cultural Heritage Lovers Society have discovered a number of sandstone rocks bearing 11 petroglyphs of ibex and human forms, the Persian service of the Mehr News Agency reported on Saturday.

Four other petroglyphs of ibex and human forms had been discovered by a cultural heritage expert at the site a year ago.

The traffic of the giant excavators working for the Khuzestan Environment Department may cause destruction of the petroglyphs, Tariana spokesman Mojtaba Gahestuni said.

Tariana has officially warned the Khuzestan Environment Department and the Khuzestan Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department about its fear of destruction of the artifacts.

However, they have made no moves so far to halt the excavating at the site, he lamented.

He also said that the petroglyphs are in danger of erosion from the passage of local citizens by the site every day.

Photo: A rock bearing the historical petroglyphs of human and ibex forms was discovered about two weeks ago at a site near the town of Gotvand in Khuzestan Province. This rock and a number of other historical stone petroglyphs are being threatened by excavator machines working at the site.

Source: tehrantimes.com

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