for ages on a wind-swept mountain top in Behistun near the
bas-relief of Dariush I, a stone statue named Hercules’s Head
is restored and would be kept in warehouses until a planned
museum is built in Kermanshah, west of Iran.
The sculpture had been chiseled out of the Behistun mountain
face during the reign of the Seleucids and was discovered in
1958 by British workers who had been constructing a road between
Hamadan and Kermanshah, but their machineries inadvertently
decapitated the statue, making it the most flamboyant part of
“Right now its restoration project has finished and it has
been stacked in the warehouses of the Iranian Cultural Heritage
and Tourism Organization (CHTO),” said Fathollah Biniaz, an
expert with the project.
A replica of the sculpture has also been made and would likely
be attached to the bust in near future, he added. Its color is
rather darker to indicate the head is not as old as the bust.
In 1958 after some initial restoration the Hercules’ Head was
fixed in its original place and was soon robbed, but the
smugglers were nabbed before escaping the country. It returned
home in 1991, though artifact hunters stole it yet again. This
time it was, unfortunately, split into two halves.