Ancient hills awaiting UNESCO recognition

ILAM, Dec. 01 (MNA) – Six ancient hills possibly site of great civilizations in the southwest still await UNESCO World Heritage List.

Head of Cultural Heritage Organization local office in Dehloran, a far-flung border city in southwestern province of Ilam said that the preliminary work had been underway to prepare dossiers for six ancient hills in the vicinity of the city. Faraj Fazeli told Mehr News local correspondent on Thursday that Alikesh, Sabz, Mousian, Farrokhabad, Chogha Sefid, and Bayat Tappeh ancient hills still awaited international recognition as world heritage sites. “The expeditions to the region before Revolution of 1979 extensively explored the region, historically rich and home to millennia of ancient civilizations; in 1961, Professor Frank Hole and James A. Neely explored the Alikesh hill, the most famous of all six,” he added.

Ilam province, naturally and geographically an extension of great Mesopotamian culture and civilization, has been home to invaluable monuments, explored or still hidden under the soil; the southern part of the province bordering Khuzestan province and Iraq in the west, would provide excellent sites for archaeologists to delve deep into the history of kings and the laity living in the prehistoric past.


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