geologists believe that Elamites had considered quake risks
while building the ancient ziggurat in Chogha Zanbil.
Earthquakes and landslides have so far failed to ruin or even
damage this splendid edifice. “Studies show that Elamites were
fully aware of seismological safety standards and since the area
is surrounded by faults, they have built the temple on a sandy
patch of the land. Their architecture style is quite
self-standing, thus making the ziggurat quake-resistant,” said
Malek Abbasi, a geologist working on the site near the ancient
city of Susa.
Another expert, Mohammad Hassan Talebian, observed that Elamites
had gained the know-how to build great buildings and mansions
without any foundations to boost its resistance to jolts and
The historical complex of Chogha Zanbil has been already enlisted
as a world monument, but it has still many secrets to reveal.
Iranian archaeologists have worked for 6 years on the site and
they plan to help construct roads for tourists to visit the
Elam first came into existence sometime between 3500 and 2500
BC. In around 2000 BC the Elamite dynasty conquered most of
southern Mesopotamia. At its zenith, Elam controlled an empire
that stretched from what is now the Baghdad area to the entrance
of the Persian Gulf. The Assyrians sacked the Elamite capital,
Susa, in 647 BC.