of artifacts looted the buried ancient city of Jondi
Shapour by destroying the ceiling of a structure dating
back to the Sassanid dynastic era.
Archeologists believe that smugglers have managed to find
precious and heavy artifacts from the Jondi Shapour
According to Cultural Heritage News agency, the bandits
destroyed the ceiling of a Sassanid structure when the
wardens responsible for protecting the historical sites
Ali Haddad, a heritage warden at the Jondi Shapour site,
said that it is possible that the thieves broke into the
archeological site on a very hot noon when farmers and
local people were not present. "None of the farmers
have cooperated in identifying the culprits. They deny
having any knowledge of the incident," he added.
Haddad pointed out that some officials from Dezful (in
Khuzestan province) Cultural Heritage Department are to be
blamed for negligence which led to the plunder of
artifacts from Jondi Shapour site.