Goddess Sculpture Discovered In Aegean Sea

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The 2,700-year-old sculpture, which is said to be the biggest one in the history of Turkish underwater history, found during examinations in a ship wreckage, which was unearthed last year in November, belonged to a Cypriot goddess.

The works, carried out by Dokuz Eylül University (DEU) Marine Science and Technology Institute, unearthed the sculpture 43 meters under water, and is reported to date back to the archaic period.

According to Daily News The institute’s Aegean Research and Application Center (EBAMER) Deputy Director and the head of the excavations, Associate Professor Harun Özdaş, , said the  This unique artifact belongs to a bare-footed woman wearing a long dress. It most probably is a goddess. We believe its original size is 1.20 centimeters. We failed to find the upper part of the sculpture as we had to stop our searches due to weather conditions. But we plan to start excavations in the region again this year.

A Lecture on Sultanieh Dome

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soltaniaAccording to the Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency, Marco Giovanni Brambilla, PhD in architecture and Urban development, and a professor in Harvard and Penn Universities, gave a lecture on the Sultanieh Dome, in Iran. The lecture is to be convened in the Study Center of Farhangestan-e Honar, an academic setting for art studies.

This is important due to the fact that, after the Islamic Revolution, the historical heritage of Iran was neglected systemically and their repair and up-keeping were commissioned to unprofessional repairing teams. Thus, most of the repair-works done in important historical sites such as Pasargad Mausoleum, Persepolis, Bisotun and many others were handled unprofessionally and in an ugly manner.

Historical School on the Verge of Destruction

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sepahsalar-5Sepahsalar School is one of the most majestic and eye-catching historical buildings in Tehran, the capital of Iran. It is a 135 year-old School, design to reflect the wonders of Grand School and Chahr-Bagh School of Isfahan, as well as the Sofia School of Istanbul.  Built by the architects of Qajar period, it was listed on the Register of National Buildings 25 years before the Revolution of 1978.

The construction of a trade center adjacent to the School has put this building on the verge of destruction. The excavation of the soil and scraping the external walls of the school has rendered the building in a dire situation. The height of trade center building is two meters above the top of the School disturbing its traditional line of sight.

According to official news agency of IRI (ISNA), in reference to his actions to stop the project, the manger of the Sepahsalar Theological School has stated: “I have informed the Tehran Municipality and the Cultural Heritage Organization about the situation. They have visited the site and although everything shows that the operations are illegal, no action has been taken”.

Bribing for Destruction of Cultural Sites

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choghamish1 choghamish5jpg IRNA, the official news agency of Islamic Republic of Iran, has published a report on the illegal actions of two employees of Cultural Heritage Organization who have authorized the destruction of Choghā Mīsh site, in Khuzestan in western Iran, by accepting bribes. The amount accepted is a sum of $700,000.00. IRNA reports that both of the employees have been dismissed from their jobs without any further legal action. Choghā Mīsh is an ancient site in Iran, with at least 8000 years of history which is believed to be the first place where writing has been invented. The remains of an ancient city made of baked mud bricks, supposed to be as old as the age of first writings, was scattered through the site that has been demolished.

Destruction of Forests in Iran

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farsayesh-khak.1jpgIran continues to rank one of the highest in the world in terms of soil erosion and the destruction of forests. In a recent conference titled “Clean Air Day”, Mohsen Jafari, Deputy Director of Environmental Protection Agency (of Fars province) officially announced the drying of 10 wetlands in the Fars Province. He said that there is no longer opportunity and time for long-term planning and there is urgent need to take immediate actions.

Mr. Jafari talked about the need for land use planning, careful consideration in building dams and finally about his regret in Iran’s soil erosion and loss of forest areas.

For many years, the natural heritage and environmental activists and experts have repeatedly stated the same concerns. However, these concerns and statements have never been taken seriously by the governmental and local agencies.

The Dire Condition of Animals in Iran

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Loin-gheshm3Many species of animals are in ominous and dire condition in Iran due to lack of proper training and education in preservation of environment and protection of animals. In addition, because of irresponsible attitude of the government authorities, no measures and restrictions have been taken in order to change the conditions. Even in zoos across the country, animals endure very though conditions and have no security, living in conditions comparable to the dark-ages.

The following photos show 30 African lions being kept in a small cage. The location is a circus in Gheshm Island in the south of Iran as well as a bear kept in Babolsar zoo in the north of the country.

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