the 8 year war Iraq imposed on Iran in 1980, many historical
sites are yet to be cleaned from mines, robbing experts of any
opportunity to conduct studies there, Iranian archaeologists lament.
In a bureaucratic procedure, the Iranian army is tasked with demining
the war-torn areas, mainly in the southwestern province of
Khuzestan, while the governor office is assigned to order the
sections needed to be demined, making the work of archaeologists
who wish to work in mine-infested historical sites as cumbersome
Last year the explosion of a decade-old mortar near a site in
Ilam province halted an archaeological mission by experts from
Chicago University. Masoud Azarnoush, head of Iranian Cultural
Heritage Organization’s archaeological research center, has
promised to make future expeditions as safe as possible.