June 1, 2006

To dam or not to dam

متاسفانه دستور آبگيري سد سيوند داده شد ... حداقل تو فرهنگ زدايي و تمدن زدايي رتبه اول تو دنيا داريم.

A large number of historic sites and historic buildings sunk in water after building karoon 3 dam on karron river in fars1 province in Iran last year, although many people protest against that but nothing can do to save the historical sites, after that another shocking news come across, sivand dam will be built on polar river, this dam is only 14 km far of pasargad historical site. And also more than 100 historical sites will sunk because of this dam. I try to show paradoxical aspects of industrial progress with preserving historical sites and buildings from different point of views such as: politics, economy, cultural heritage, education… according to official statistic there are more than 1 million distinguish ancient buildings and sites in Iran if we substitute the area of desert and sea and mountains form Iran’s area we face the number of one historical monument per one kilometer, in the other hand Iran is lacking from water recourses very much so we should keep on constructing dams, now it is the first and most important contradiction: one historical monument per one kilometer and needs of constructing dams


1_The Fars Province is considered as one of the primitive centers of civilization and one of the most famous provinces of the Old Persian Empire, thus, for centuries was a home to kingdoms in the Iranian Plateau. Before Islam, two main Iranian leaders named Koorosh (Cyrus) and Ardeshir Babakan rose from this region and each began their vast dynasties, that is the Achaemanian and the Sassanian respectively. At the end of the Achaemanian Dynasty that ruled in Iran for about 219 years, Alexander the Macedonian founded the Seleucidian Dynasty (311 BC) in Iran and established many cities in the Pars (Fars) region.
Meanwhile, local powers under an Iranian name established their government in the central part of the region, in an area called Estakhr. Since 250 BC, on their coins imprints of Pahlavi scripts with Iranian figures and Zoroastrian braziers could be observed. However, the Pars region was a part of Seleucidian Empire till the period of Antioukhous IV period. After the Parthians liberated the central parts of the Seleucidian Empire, Pars became an independent state.

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Posted by faraz at June 1, 2006 10:07 AM