Mehrgan: Looters of historical and cultural properties have attacked the ancient city of Darabegder under the absurd and fanciful excuses of finding a treasure that has no external existence and in the absence of supervision and protection by the cultural heritage officials and dug large pits in They have created its arena in many places and have painted blood on this national monument.
The ancient city of Darabgerd, which is named after one of the three great ancient cities of Pars, is in the worst condition of maintenance and protection. This valuable historical city, which is the proud and proud identity and birth certificate of the people of Darab city, has become a place for cultural heritage looters to roam and has caused irreversible damage to one of the most valuable national monuments of the country with its countless loots. They have turned upside down that seeing such scenes will hurt the heart of any lover of Iranian history and culture, and tears will flow from a person's eyes.
Countless illegal digs and excavations of historical and cultural property smugglers in the ancient city of Darabgherd, which took place recently and before the rains of Bahman month, indicate the lack of supervision and protection by the officials of the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department and other responsible institutions of the city. Darab is Officials who are only busy with administrative paperwork and maintaining their desks and chairs and have not given any importance to the unique and unrepeatable historical monuments and easily bypass their difficulties, and if they try hard, they will root out the tampering (attacks) on the historical monuments. They reject it or know it is related to the past and in the end they throw the ball in the court of other institutions and organs and shirk their responsibility; And this is the sad fate of the national monuments and identity signs of people with culture that are losing color and being removed from the face of history and the world. The sad fate of a burden that is constantly repeated and we all pass by it indifferently. In the end, this is the proud identity and birth certificate of the people of the region and the relics of our pure ancestors that will be erased from the heart of history.
Darabgerd, this unique ancient city, which according to history is one of the most important Sassanid cities in Iran, today has become the scene of looters of cultural heritage and deep wounds have been inflicted on its weak and suffering body. But no one seems to hear his moans. The historical city of Darabgerd is like an orphan child who was left without a guardian and faces a new challenge every day. Darabgord is going through a sad time and the situation is getting worse and worse for him every day, I wish we could be a salve on his old wounds and find him...
But the most interesting point of view is how the looters of historical and cultural properties have been able to easily enter the ancient city of Darabegrd and find large and deep pits, some of which are more than three meters. , to display the signs of their stupidity and humiliation? Doesn't this indicate the abandonment of the ancient and valuable city of Darabgerd? Are there hidden hands at work or are the thieves of cultural heritage related to somewhere? These are the issues that should be followed by the protection of the General Administration of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts of the province and with the cooperation of the responsible institutions of Darab city, examine the angles of the issue from various aspects. Also, the lack of work of the relevant officials in Darab should not be forgotten. In any case, the ancient city of Darabgerd has been left to itself and has suffered various damages in the past several years and is dealing with many challenges, and you should think of a solution for it as soon as possible.
Despite all the values it has, the ancient and unique city of Darabegord is deprived of having a research base and cultural heritage. The lovers of the cultural heritage of Darab city and the province have been demanding the emergence of a research and cultural heritage base in the ancient city of Darabgerd, so that in addition to knowing and knowing more about the history of the city, research and scientific and academic studies about this historical city can also be done properly. , guarded and protected it. Also, when the historical city of Darabgerd has a cultural heritage base, an independent budget and line in the Ministry of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts will be considered for it, and without a doubt, its great difficulties will be solved and it will be handled better. On the other hand, in this base, with the cooperation of scientific and academic institutions, the biggest challenges of the historical city of Darabgerd, which are subsidence and sinkholes and the manipulation of historical and cultural properties by profiteers, can be addressed and it can be saved from an unfortunate disaster.
But what is sad and painful will be the irreversible damages that will be left on the suffering and defenseless body of the ancient city of Darabgerd in the wake of the looters of cultural heritage. Unauthorized excavations of smugglers will undoubtedly undermine the archaeological layers of Darabgerd's historical enclosure and will leave irreversible damage and will leave deep wounds on the body of the historical city of Darabgerd.
However, the writer, based on his duty and social responsibility, informed the officials of the cultural heritage, tourism and handicraft protection unit of the province and asked for its investigation and follow-up.
In most of the historical books, Darabgerd is mentioned as the third largest city of Pars, where one of the largest mints (Zarab Khana = minting place) of Pars has appeared, and this adds to the value and character of this ancient city.
According to Ashtakhari, the ancient city of Darabgerd was triangular in the beginning and became circular during the transition from the Sassanid era to the Islamic era. The construction of Darabgerd is considered after the city of Baghdad. The ancient hills of Darabgerd have a great value from the point of view of archeology and even Mehrazi (architecture) and its guarding and maintenance is considered a must.
Archaeologists consider the delay of the city of Darabgerd to be related to the end of the Ashkan period and the beginning of the Sasanian period based on the existing pottery. Also, Ardeshir Babakan, the founder of the Sassanid dynasty, brought Darabgerd to his territory and expanded his command position from this city. In this city, the remains of the kandag (moat) remained from the Sassanid era, and Darabgerd was very prosperous during the Sassanid period.
The ancient city of Darabgerd is more alone today than ever and it extends a helping hand to you and me. Let's take it by the hands, don't let tomorrow be too late...
The ancient city of Darabgerd is located 7 km from Darab city and 240 km southeast of Shiraz city, and it was registered in the national register with number 14 on 24 September 1310.
Check out the pictures that were recently taken below:
The ancient and circular city of Darabgord
A very large pit that is more than three meters deep has been recently dug by smugglers and seriously damaged the archaeological layers of Darabgerd.
The looters of cultural heritage have carried out illegal excavations in different parts of the city without the supervision of the authorities.
Seeing such a volume of stupidity and humiliation hurts the heart of every lover of Iranian history
An example of pottery found in the area of Darabgerd city
Excavation is not allowed anywhere in Darabgerd city area