Land Subsidence Threatens Historic Sites

Land Subsidence Threatens Historic SitesLand Subsidence Threatens Historic Sites

The worsening problem of land subsidence around the historical ruins of Persepolis and Naqsh-e Rostam has become a major concern for authorities and history enthusiasts, IRNA reported.

Speaking at a gathering on Saturday, the custodian of the historical site, Masoud Rezaei Monfared, said, “Excess withdrawal of groundwater and perpetual drought have taken a toll on Iran, and many parts of the country have to deal with land subsidence.”

The situation has deteriorated to the extent that in addition to damaging plains and farmlands, land subsidence is now threatening Fars Province’s infrastructure, stressed Rezaei Monfared.

In response to recent reports indicating illegal seizure, sale, purchase, and change of function of lands around Persepolis and Naqsh-e Rostam, the official asserted that lawbreakers will be prosecuted. “Those who have been caught are now facing legal action.”

Rezaei Monfared called for cooperation between local authorities and the public to curb illegal activities around historical sites and help preserve the structures.

Founded by Darius I in 518 B.C., Persepolis was the capital of the Achaemenid Empire. It was built on an immense half-artificial, half-natural terrace, where Darius created an impressive palace complex inspired by Mesopotamian models. The importance and quality of the monumental ruins make it a unique archeological site.

One of four UNESCO-listed sites in Fars Province, the government has pledged to provide substantial funding to help preserve the historical ruins.