Qajar Era Reservoir Discovered
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Qajar Era Reservoir Discovered

A historical water reservoir (ab anbar in Persian) has been discovered in Shiraz, Fars Province, according to deputy head of the provincial office of Iran’s Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization, Ebrahim Qezelbash. The reservoir is located in Aryan, a satellite town northwest of Shiraz.  “Undoubtedly, the ab anbar has historical value and must receive proper attention,” Qezelbash said, adding that the reservoir is believed to date back to the Qajar era, Mehr News Agency reported. To protect the site from possible damage, a ban has been placed on developmental projects within a 10-meter radius of the site to allow experts to study the new-found reservoir. An ab anbar or water reservoir is a traditional reservoir or cistern of drinking water in ancient Iran used in arid and semi arid regions. A settlement’s capacity for storing water ensured its survival over the hot, dry season when even the permanent water supply levels would decline. Developed by Persians in the 1st millennium BC, qanats are underground water channels with a series of vertical access shafts used to transport water from an aquifer under a hill.


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