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Name of source: The Courier Mail (Australia)
SOURCE: The Courier Mail (Australia) (10-12-07)
Bond University history lecturer Shirleene Robinson described the guide as narrow and selective, whitewashing away the worst aspects of Australia's history, especially its sometimes racist past.
"I think in many ways it's a very white perspective," Dr Robinson said.
She said the guide appeared to underplay early conflict between Aborigines and Europeans, the removal of Aboriginal children from their families and the "White Australia Policy".
"It is an unfortunate fact that racism was a major motivating fact behind Federation and this does not appear to be covered at all," she said.
Australian History Teachers Association Queensland President Ros Korkatzis said it was worrying that northern Australia hardly rated any attention, while Australian National University historian Dr Tim Rowse was concerned that the guide addressed only the history of Australia, ignoring its place in the world.
Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (10-11-07)
The group behind the £2.7m project in Machynlleth, Powys, intends to bid for heritage lottery funding.
Name of source: Fox News
SOURCE: Fox News (10-12-07)
Rafsanjani’s comments came during a sermon for "International Jerusalem Day" on Iranian TV.
Rafsanjani noted that Jews caused problems for European governments because they “had a lot of property” and “controlled an empire of propaganda.” He also said that the Nazis were successful in saving Europe from the evil of Zionism.
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-5-07)
A new book, Processus contra Templarios, will be published by the Vatican's Secret Archive on Oct 25, and promises to restore the reputation of the Templars, whose leaders were burned as heretics when the order was dissolved in 1314.
The Knights Templar were a powerful and secretive group of warrior monks during the Middle Ages. Their secrecy has given birth to endless legends, including one that they guard the Holy Grail.
Recently, they have been featured in films including The Da Vinci Code and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-9-07)
The revelation that Hitler refused to blow his nose on his own image is one of the bizarre details from his private correspondence with German citizens. Carried out over 20 years between 1925 and 1945, the correspondence between the ''beloved Fuhrer" and his people contains tens of thousands of letters.
It was transported to Russia after the war and excerpts are now being published for the first time in a new book by Henrik Eberle, a German historian.
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-7-07)
Found scattered around ancient Mesopotamia, the Aramaic incantation or devil bowls were placed upside down in homes during the sixth to eighth centuries to trap evil spirits. The spells, and information such as the names of the home owners, are not found in any other source. One collection contains the earliest examples of the Bible in Hebrew.
Anther collection is at the centre of a legal row that has divided Britain's academic community. Since the first Gulf War in 1990, Iraq has been a looters' paradise. The United Nations introduced a sanction in 2003 making it illegal to handle artefacts from the country. So when University College London came into possession of 654 bowls, the biggest collection in the world, which it loaned from a private collector, suspicions were raised.
The bowls belong to Martin Schoyen, a Norwegian collector of ancient scripts. There is no suggestion that he looted the bowls, or was aware they may have been looted when he bought them in London from a Jordanian who claimed they had been in his family for generations....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (10-8-07)
The Martin Luther Memorial Church, in the southern Berlin district of Mariendorf, has been closed for three years after its 150ft tower — originally damaged by bombing — was found to be unstable.
It was initially consecrated in 1933, the year that the Nazi party came to power. Two years later, it was finished and featured walls sporting swastikas and idealised carvings of Aryan figures – including a muscle-bound Christ.
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (10-12-07)
The 300-page volume recently came out in a limited edition — 799 copies — each priced at $8,377, said Scrinium publishing house, which prints documents from the Vatican's secret archives.
The order of knights, which ultimately disappeared as a result of the heresy scandal, recently captivated the imagination of readers of the best-seller "The Da Vinci Code," in which the author Dan Brown linked the Templars to the story of the Holy Grail.
The work reproduces the entire documentation on the papal hearings convened after King Philip IV of France arrested and tortured Templar leaders in 1307 under charges of heresy and immorality.
SOURCE: AP (10-1-07)
Officials with the White House Association of Alabama, which is dedicated to preserving the property, expect it to reopen early next year in time for the February observance of Jefferson Davis' inauguration as president of the Confederacy.
That contribution to American independence has been honored with a monument dedicated Monday in Savannah's Franklin Square. Life-size bronze statues of four soldiers now stand atop a granite pillar 6 feet tall and 16 feet in diameter.
"This is a testimony to tell people we Haitians didn't come from the boat," said Daniel Fils-Aime, chairman of the Miami-based Haitian American Historical Society, one of many Haitian Americans who came to Savannah for the dedication. "We were here in 1779 to help America win independence. That recognition is overdue."
In October 1779, a force of more than 500 Haitian free blacks joined American colonists and French troops in an unsuccessful push to drive the British from Savannah in coastal Georgia.
Antonio Sa Coixao, who is leading excavations in Coriscada in northeastern Portugal, said Wednesday by telephone the 4,526 copper and bronze coins were inside a hollow wall.
"It is something special and rare in Denmark to have so many (ancient Roman) graves in one place," archaeologist Rune Iversen was quoted as saying by the Roskilde Dagblad newspaper.
The graveyard's exact location in Ishoej, southwest of downtown Copenhagen, was being kept secret until the archaeologists from the nearby Kroppedal Museum have completed their work, the newspaper wrote. No one at the museum could be immediately be reached for comment.
The measure that would recognize the killings of Armenians as a genocide had been strongly opposed by Turkey, a key NATO ally that has provided support to U.S. efforts in Iraq.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee's 27-21 vote now sends the measure to the full House floor — unless the Democratic leadership reverses course and heeds Bush's warnings.
Bush and other senior officials had made a last-minute push to persuade lawmakers on the House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee to reject the measure.
There are roughly 100 first editions of Wheatley's "Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral," Patrick Scott, director of rare books and special collections at the university's Thomas Cooper Library, said Thursday.
Wheatley, who was born in 1753 in Africa, was kidnapped by slave traders and sold on the auction block when she was 7 to a prosperous white Boston family. She learned English in about a year and a half.
Former police chaplain Christian von Wernich was found guilty of being a "co-participant" with police in seven homicides, 31 torture cases and 42 kidnappings, ending a trial that has focused attention on the church during the 1976-83 military rule.
Hundreds of people beat drums and set off fireworks outside the federal courthouse after the verdict was announced. Dozens of spectators cheered inside the packed courtroom including headscarved members of rights group the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, who for the last 30 years have been seeking to learn the fate of sons and daughters who disappeared during a crackdown on dissent.
SOURCE: AP (10-7-07)
The speaker of Parliament, Koksal Toptan, said in his letter to the speaker, Nancy Pelosi, that "it might take decades to heal negative effects" of the bill if it passed, Toptan's office said in a statement.
The bill would declare the killings of Armenians from 1915 to 1917 a genocide, although it would have no binding effect on U.S. foreign policy. The House Foreign Affairs Committee is expected to consider the legislation this week.
The notes, lost for centuries before their discovery in 2005, cast new light on developments at Britain's Royal Society, where scientists discussed microscopes, micro-organisms, and planetary motion.
Royal Society scholars called the find "one of those discoveries that historians of science dream of."
The Torrent sank 139 years ago in Cook Inlet after tidal currents, among the world's most powerful, rammed it into a reef south of the Kenai Peninsula. Documents from the period show that all 155 people on board survived.
The U.S. had purchased Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million in 1867, less than a year earlier, and about 130 U.S. Army soldiers had come north on the Torrent to build the first U.S. military fort in south-central Alaska, now the state's most populous region.
SOURCE: AP (10-9-07)
Approved at the highest levels of the Army in 1948, the effort was a well-hidden part of the military's pursuit of a "new concept of warfare" using radioactive materials from atomic bombmaking to contaminate swaths of enemy land or to target military bases, factories or troop formations.
Military historians who have researched the broader radiological warfare program said in interviews that they had never before seen evidence that it included pursuit of an assassination weapon. Targeting public figures in such attacks is not unheard of; just last year an unknown assailant used a tiny amount of radioactive polonium-210 to kill Kremlin critic Alexander Litvinenko in London.
Name of source: Baltimore Sun
SOURCE: Baltimore Sun (10-12-07)
After the House Foreign Affairs Committee endorsed the genocide measure, the summons of the ambassador for consultations was a further sign of deteriorating relations between two longtime allies and the potential for new turmoil in a troubled region.
Egeman Bagis, an aide to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, told Turkish media that Turkey - a conduit for many of the supplies shipped to U.S. bases in Iraq and Afghanistan - might have to "cut logistical support to the U.S."
Analysts also have speculated the resolution could make Turkey more inclined to send troops into northern Iraq to hunt Turkish Kurd rebels, a move opposed by the U.S. because it would disrupt one of the few relatively stable and peaceful Iraqi areas.
The measure before Congress is a nonbinding resolution without the force of law, but it has incensed Turkey's government. The Bush administration, which is lobbying strongly in hopes of persuading Congress to reject the resolution, stressed the need for good relations with Turkey.
Name of source: The Age
SOURCE: The Age (10-11-07)
Mr Howard said students would be made to attend 150 hours of Australian history lessons over two or three years from 2009.
The history guide, to be distributed across the nation, says it is intended for study in years nine and 10, but the first three of the 10 topics could start in year 8, it says.
Name of source: Newsweek
SOURCE: Newsweek (10-15-07)
This year, as Americans contemplate making Sen. Hillary Clinton our first female president, it is instructive to look back at Elizabeth and other women who wielded power long before the age of speechwriters, personal stylists and YouTube campaigning. Cleopatra, for example, ruled ancient Egypt with fierce political savvy while giving birth to children by Julius Caesar and Mark Antony (twins in the latter case). If she worried about balancing work and family, she left no record of it. This was a woman who understood the importance of the grand gesture. Once, according to a history by Pliny the Elder, she bet Antony that she could spend 10 million sesterces (a Roman coin) on dinner. In the midst of a pedestrian meal, she dropped a valuable pearl earring into a cup of vinegar, watched it dissolve and drank it.
Name of source: MSNBC
SOURCE: MSNBC (10-11-07)
The painting, which measures about six feet by six feet, was found at the Neolithic settlement of Djade al-Mughara on the Euphrates, northeast of the city of Aleppo, said team leader Eric Coqueugniot.
"It looks like a modernist painting. Some of those who saw it have likened it to work by (Paul) Klee. Through carbon dating we established it is from around 9,000 B.C.," Coqueugniot said. "We found another painting next to it, but that won't be excavated until next year. It is slow work," said Coqueugniot, who works at France's National Centre for Scientific Research.
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (10-11-07)
Not Harry Potter, but not bad.
Once he arrived, Mr. Carter, 83, cheerfully whipped through the books — 1,600 in about 90 minutes — with the machinelike efficiency of a subject in a time-and-motion study. A book tour, he said, is “like being on the campaign trail.” There are back-to-back interviews, frequent airplane flights, long lines of eager people to meet. And at the end of the day, whether from too many handshakes or too many signatures, you’ve got a sore hand.
SOURCE: NYT (10-11-07)
In a rare and uncharacteristically strong condemnation, President Abdullah Gul criticized the vote by the House Foreign Relations Committee and warned that the decision could work against the United States.
“Unfortunately, some politicians in the United States have once more dismissed calls for common sense, and made an attempt to sacrifice big issues for minor domestic political games,” Mr. Gul said in a statement to the semi-official Anatolian News Agency. “This is not a type of attitude that works to the benefit of, and suits, representatives of a great power like the Unites States of America. This unacceptable decision of the committee, like similar ones in the past, has no validity and is not worthy of the respect of the Turkish people.”
SOURCE: NYT (10-10-07)
The tone changes when Justice Thomas, fed up with liberal policies on race, accepts Ronald Reagan’s invitation to run the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, becoming an object of contempt and derision for mainstream civil rights organizations. Justice Thomas, recounting his years in government, adopts a defensive crouch, lashing out at his enemies, reopening old wounds and itemizing insults that should be forgotten....
All is prelude to the turbulent confirmation hearings for his appointment to the Supreme Court. Justice Thomas revisits this painful episode, fresh in his memory, and picks apart the charges leveled against him by Anita Hill, his former employee at the commission, in an earnest but ultimately pointless effort to set the record straight and settle some scores along the way.
Here, emotions get the better of him, as he portrays himself as a persecuted, almost Christlike figure singled out by the liberal establishment, at the behest of his civil rights enemies, not just for criticism but also for total annihilation. You wonder if, when writing these fiery chapters, Justice Thomas recalled his own admiring words about his grandfather.
“Despite the hardships he had faced, there was no bitterness or self-pity in his heart,” he writes in an early chapter. In this respect Justice Thomas is not his grandfather’s son....
SOURCE: NYT (10-8-07)
But Monte Schulz said that when he read Mr. Michaelis’s manuscript in December, members of the family were shocked by the portrayal of a depressed, cold and bitter man who was constantly going after different women.
“It’s not true,” Monte said. “It’s preposterous.”
A tranquil death in a foreign land, at the age of 81: such a bookend to a life of brutality or corruption was long guaranteed for Latin America’s exiled strongmen.
The tradition of guaranteed asylum for fallen leaders is, in fact, coming under siege throughout the region, and the surprising extradition of Alberto K. Fujimori last month to Peru from Chile could turn out to be a turning point.
SOURCE: NYT (10-8-07)
Yet with little evidence to support them, multiple theories of Columbus’s early years have long found devoted proponents among those who would claim alternative bragging rights to the explorer. And now, five centuries after he opened the door to the New World, Columbus’s revisionist biographers have found a new hope for vindication.
The Age of Discovery has discovered DNA.
In 2004, a Spanish geneticist, Dr. Jose A. Lorente, extracted genetic material from a cache of Columbus’s bones in Seville to settle a dispute about where he was buried. Ever since, he has been beset by amateur historians, government officials and self-styled Columbus relatives of multiple nationalities clamoring for a genetic retelling of the standard textbook tale.
But six months ago, the Education Ministry said that next year’s government-endorsed textbooks would eliminate all references to Japan’s soldiers. According to the revised passages, the Okinawans simply committed mass suicide or felt compelled to do so. But by whom?
“If Japanese soldiers had not been there, the mass suicides would have never occurred,” said Mr. Kinjo, who said he decided not to kill himself after he saw that Japanese soldiers were not committing suicide.
The ministry said that it “is not clear that the Japanese Army coerced or ordered the mass suicides” but cited no fresh evidence to explain its change in policy. What was clear, though, was the timing of the announcement, which came a few months after the Japanese government passed a new law emphasizing “patriotism” in public schools.
Name of source: San Francisco Chronicle
SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle (10-2-07)
World War II took place in 19-something, when Theodore Roosevelt was president and the Germans claimed to be the best race.
Hoping to aid Third World countries, the United States joined the war to stop racism and end the dispute over Jews.
The head of the Nazis was a killer named Hitler whose evil partner, Mussolini, was president of the USSR. Ultimately, the war ended with the bombing of Iwo Jima and Hitler's suicide. Then a treaty was signed.
Not every 11th-grader who answered a Chronicle questionnaire at San Francisco's Burton High School responded with such a fractured version of history. Eight of the 34 students said correctly that"Roosevelt" or"FDR" was president during most of the war, apparently remembering the subject they had studied as sophomores last spring. Most knew about the attempted genocide of the Jews, all but three recognized Hitler, and eight placed the war in the 1940s.
But others, perhaps suffering a temporary memory lapse, variously named George Washington, Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Richard Nixon and Winston Churchill as the war's main president. Eighteen students wisely left the answer blank.
"It's a bit disappointing," sighed their teacher, Theresa Quindlen, head of Burton High's history department, who agreed to let The Chronicle quiz her students and print the results."But maybe something will spark their interest, and they'll become future readers of history."
HNN Hot Topics: Low History IQ's
Name of source: Bangor Daily News
SOURCE: Bangor Daily News (10-6-07)
Artifacts from the Penobscot Expedition of 1779 - the largest Revolutionary War naval expedition and worst naval defeat in United States history until Pearl Harbor - offer a peek into the country’s beginnings.
The battle, which ended with the loss of between 30 and 40 commissioned naval ships and sloops of war by the hands of their own crews, left everything from smoking pipes and shoe buckles to swivel guns and cannons along the bottom of the Penobscot River between Castine and Bangor.
Although findings are generally few and far between, some items that are possibly from the Penobscot Expedition emerged as recently as two months ago.
Relics from the naval disaster remain embedded in the river’s thick mud and are sometimes visible at low tide but often go unnoticed by unsuspecting residents. Others sit on the bottom of the river just feet from the surface but are hidden from view by the thick, murky and fast-flowing tidal waters of the state’s largest river.
Name of source: http://www.todayszaman.com
SOURCE: http://www.todayszaman.com (10-8-07)
Archaeologists assert that the couple, who presumably died some 8,000 years ago, is likely to set a record as the oldest embracing couple in the history of archaeology. Diyarbak?r was witness to an extraordinary discovery when archaeologists revealed the tomb of the couple near the township of Tepe in the district of Bismil. The shroud of mystery over the couple will be removed after anthropologists examine the skeletons.
Name of source: http://www.int.iol.co.za
SOURCE: http://www.int.iol.co.za (10-10-07)
Eric Coqueugniot said they were the oldest murals found in the Middle East.
"Geometric paintings - black, white and red - have been found on the wall of a house in Jadeh," he said, adding that they were discovered in late September in a circular house with a diameter of about seven metres.
Name of source: LiveScience
SOURCE: LiveScience (10-9-07)
The first catapult in Europe flung into action around the fourth century B.C., prior to the invention of mathematical models that revolutionized ancient technologies, said Mark Schiefsky, a Harvard University classics professor who led the study.
"It seems that the early stages of catapult development did not involve any mathematical theory at all," Schiefsky said. "We are talking about so-called torsion artillery, basically an extension of the simple bow by means of animal sinews into something like the crossbow."
Name of source: JTA
SOURCE: JTA (10-9-07)
The visiting scholars from St. Petersburg aren’t here to dwell on Jewish demise, however. They have come to document Jewish life in what expedition leader Valery Dymshits calls “the last Jewish city in the Soviet Union,” Mogilev-Podolsky.
As recently as the early 1990’s — before an exodus to the United States, Israel and Germany depleted the community — Yiddish was widely spoken on the streets here. Despite the community’s rapid contraction, the Jewish presence here perseveres.
With this rare continuity, Dymshits and his team of scholars have staked a claim as the first and only team in 70 years to conduct field research into the region’s Jewish folklore, recording scores of interviews along the way.
Name of source: Voice of America
SOURCE: Voice of America (10-9-07)
Name of source: Village Voice
SOURCE: Village Voice (10-9-07)
Even if hand-drawn cartoons no longer have any role in transmitting news events, the integration of cartoons into American politics is striking, and continues today in a variety of forms. The Art of Ill Will, which takes its title from a quotation from longtime Voice cartoonist Jules Feiffer, traces that history from the 18th century to the near-present, complete with full-page reproductions of more than 100 cartoons.
Name of source: Brian Ross on ABC News
SOURCE: Brian Ross on ABC News (10-9-07)
But a much different, less valiant picture of Thompson emerges from listening to the White House audiotapes made at the time, as President Nixon plotted strategy with his aides in the Oval Office.
Thompson's job on the Watergate committee was to lead the Republican side of the investigation. He was appointed by his mentor, Sen. Howard Baker of Tennessee, who is now co-chair of Thompson's 2008 presidential bid....
When Nixon's aide H.R. Haldeman told Nixon of Thompson's appointment, Nixon was less than impressed.
"Baker has appointed Fred Thompson as minority counsel," Haldeman is heard saying on one tape.
"Oh sh--, that kid," Nixon responds.
"I guess so," Haldeman replies.
Nixon worried that Thompson's Democratic counterpart, Sam Dash, would outsmart Thompson.
"Well, Dash is too smart for that kid," Nixon says on another tape from March 16, 1973. The existence of the tapes were publicly revealed by a question from Thompson at a Watergate hearing and led to the president's resignation. They are preserved at the National Archives in College Park, Md.
"Sure. Runs circles around him," agrees an aide, John Dean.
Name of source: expatica.com
SOURCE: expatica.com (10-9-07)
The map torn from a 16th-century edition of Ptolemy's Geographia was found in the possession of a New York collectioner, the daily quoted sources of the National Library as saying.
The identity of the collectioner was not given. It was not known whether he or she was aware that the map, which is valued at about 100,000 euros (140,000 dollars), was stolen.
Name of source: http://www.peninsuladailynews.com
SOURCE: http://www.peninsuladailynews.com (10-9-07)
Motions to approve the settlements were signed Friday by Thurston County Superior Court Judge Anne Hirsch.
The action cleared the way for the Lower Elwha to focus on reburying the remains that archaeologists unearthed at the site from 2003 to 2005.
"We're definitely excited about being able to put things behind us and move on for what's important," said Tribal Chairwoman Frances Charles.
"We are definitely looking forward to that day when our ancestors can be put back into their final resting places."
Before archaeologists finished, they had disinterred 337 complete burials.
Name of source: Times (UK)
SOURCE: Times (UK) (10-8-07)
Numa Pompilius, a member of the Sabine tribe, was elected at the age of forty to succeed Romulus, the founder of Rome. He reigned from 715-673 BC, and is said by Plutarch to have been a reluctant monarch who ushered in a 40-year period of peace and stability. He was celebrated for his wisdom, personal austerity and piety.
Name of source: Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE)
SOURCE: Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE) (10-9-07)
In an effort to avert the strike, administrators convened an all-campus meeting so students could voice their grievances. When it devolved into a shouting match, Hillary Rodham, the student-government president, stepped in. Acting as a mediator between the administration and the students, she brokered a compromise, and the hunger strike was called off.
Over the next 40 years, Hillary Rodham Clinton would return to the role of negotiator again and again. But it was at Wellesley that she first practiced the art of what she calls "principled compromise." And it was in college, at the height of the Vietnam War and the civil-rights movement, that the future presidential candidate became passionate about social issues.
Name of source: Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed
SOURCE: Scott Jaschik in Inside Higher Ed (10-8-07)
The cartoon in The Kentucky Kernel featured a black man in chains on an auction block. Three fraternities, “Aryan Omega,” “Alpha Caucasian” and “Kappa Kappa Kappa,” are seen bidding on the man. The caption: “UK Greeks lead the way on integration with this year’s new bids.”
Name of source: Mercury News
SOURCE: Mercury News (10-6-07)
The Macias Consulting Group audit recommends the San Jose City Council grant the non-profit a relatively modest subsidy increase of $717,113, spread over the next four years in decreasing amounts. The audit also said History San Jose should reprioritize staffing to reduce personnel costs by 17 percent while adding employees who can manage finances and fund-raising.
History San Jose officials called the audit unfair and say the city needs to raise its subsidy to $1.2 million a year - more than three times the amount called for in its contract for the next several years - plus cost-of-living increases.
Name of source: National Post
SOURCE: National Post (10-8-07)
The contest is a mockery of the search for the greatest Canadian launched by CBC in 2004.
The organizers say the non-scientific, and humorous, poll is a way to counterbalance the shortlist of the CBC that they say "hailed Canadians who despised Quebec's nation, such as Don Cherry and Mordecai Richler."
Name of source: NYT Editorial
SOURCE: NYT Editorial (10-8-07)
It is with a queasy feeling of history in retreat that poetry lovers discover that WBAI, long the radio flagship of cocky resistance to government excess, decided last week that it couldn’t risk a 50th anniversary broadcast of the late poet’s recording of “Howl.” The station retreated out of fear that the Federal Communications Commission would levy large obscenity fines that might bankrupt the small-budget station.
Name of source: http://www.aftenposten.no
SOURCE: http://www.aftenposten.no (10-8-07)
Archeologists at first believed they had found a new rune stone that was nearly 1,000 years old, but they now have identified it as part of a large tombstone that was previously reported in 1639 and 1745.
The stone lay outside the door of the old stave church, and the remains of this stone have now been found under the floor, beneath the pulpit.
Name of source: Reuters
SOURCE: Reuters (10-7-07)
For 2,500 years, the tomb of Cyrus the Great has stood on the plain at Pasargadae in southern Iran, a simple but dignified monument to a king revered as the founder of the mighty Persian empire. But some fear the dam and reservoir pose a threat to the ancient structure.
They say the project may increase humidity in the arid area near the city of Shiraz, which they believe could damage the limestone mausoleum.
That may seem far-fetched -- officials dismiss it -- but the row highlights deep cultural faultlines in attitudes to the Islamic Republic's wealth of pre-Islamic relics.