of Iran’s geology and atomic energy
organizations have finally identified the
materials used to make the turquoise glaze
covering some bricks of Chogha Zanbil, Reza
Vahidzadeh of the Chogha Zanbil Renovation Project
announced on Monday.
only surviving ziggurat in Iran, Chogha Zanbil is
a major remnant of the Elamite civilization. It is
located near Susa, Khuzestan Province.
show that the Elamites used to employ copper oxide
to make turquoise glaze,” Vahidzadeh said.
discovery can provide experts valuable information
on the art and industry of that era.
are 47 black-and-white and turquoise glazed bricks
that have stood the test of time at the Chogha
experts are also trying to discover the materials
used for the black-and-white glaze on the bricks
as well as the temperature at which the bricks
were baked,” Vahidzadeh added.
about 1250 BC under the direction of the Elamite
ruler Untash-Gal during the Middle Elamite period
(c. 1500–c. 1000 BC), the complex was dedicated
to Inshushinak (Insusinak), the bull-god of Susa,
and was registered on the UNESCO World Heritage
List in 1978.