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CAIS ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS©

 

Looting Rampant At Jondi Shapour

 

News Category: Cultural Disaster

 22 October 2005

 

Plunderers 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 archeological site.


According to Cultural Heritage News agency, the bandits destroyed the ceiling of a Sassanid structure when the wardens responsible for protecting the historical sites were absent.


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.

 

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