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New Findings in the Chaghazanbil World Monument

 

News Category: Elamite Period

16 July 2000 

 

 

For the first time in Iran and with geophysical studies around the Chaghazanbil World Monument in the province of Khouzestan, there have been new findings.

The technique allows the studying of the foundation and underground architecture without excavation with the use of light, electrical and magnetic waves.

In the efforts of finding underground structures in the space between the inside and outside gates and finding residential structures around the three thousand-year-old shrine, the specialists have been able to specify a wall.

Some say that the wall is in a section that was formerly excavated.

The specialists say that the direction and style of the wall is the same as the Lilamian walls.

The results of these geophysical studies - which were based upon the agreement between the "National Geology Organization" and the "National Cultural Heritage Organization" and in the direction of the International project of the remaking of Chaghazanbil - are now under examination.

Due to the statement of Dr. Abdulrasool Vatandoust, the operator of the project (in Iran), other efforts such as testing the soil of the area, studying the surface effects in Chaghazanbil, and studying the underground water (which has played a large part in destroying the shrine) have been made in this period.

The Chaghazanbil Shrine, built in the thirteenth century BC (the mid-Iilamian period), is located 120 Km from Ahvaz has been declared a World Monument for it's valuable historic and architectural aspects.

 

 

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