Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Restoration of tomb of Cyrus underway

Restoration of tomb of Cyrus underway: "A team of experts recently began restoring the tomb of Cyrus the Great at the ancient site of Pasargadae in Fars Province, the Persian service of CHN reported on Sunday.

Several megaliths of the tomb have been dislocated over time, and the restoration project aims to put them in their proper positions in order to prevent water from seeping into the monument.

?Studies of the damage to the tomb were carried out last year, and the experts prepared a plan, which is currently being implemented,? Parseh and Pasargadae Research Foundation director Mohammad-Hassan Talebian said.

?(Iranian archaeologist Ali) Sami had restored the tomb with cement before the Islamic Revolution. Since stone discharges cement after a time, gaps emerge among the stones, allowing rainfall to leak into the tomb. But the new plan will resolve the problem forever,? he added."