Iranian archeologist said evidence indicates the existence
of a ziggurat older than the 3,000-year-old counterpart at
Choghazanbil and Haft-Tappeh in Khuzestan province.
The Persian daily Toseh reported geophysical studies are
underway in the area.
"The second stage of seismic studies at Choghazanbil
and Haft-Tappeh will resume from September 22,"
archeologist Hamid Fadaei said.
He noted that the theory of other ziggurats around
Choghazanbil and Haft-Tappeh, put forward by renowned
Professor Negahban before 1979, has gained strength in
light of the current studies.
"'Deh-e No' is a hill where ancestors of Ontash
Nepirisha, the ruler of Orantash had been living 6,000
years ago or 4,000/5,000 years before Christ," he
A brick has been unearthed from the hill with inscriptions
indicating that there are ziggurats at 'Deh-e No'
preceding the one at Choghazanbil.
Ziggurat is a terraced temple tower pyramidal in form,
which is dedicated to an Ilamid god.