site of Arjan, Khuzestan province, where it is believed
that the greatest Elamite King has been buried along with
all his invaluable personal processions, will soon undergo
Archeologist will start in a few days time to demarcate
and dig boring pits in Arjan area, which is some 300-400
hectares and is located in Behbahan, in the southern
province of Khuzestan.
During the work, experts aim to answer numerous questions
they have and specially find out whether the area has
really been the Elamite city where one of the greatest
Elamite Kings, Kiddin-Khutran (1235 - 1210 BC), ruled.
A decade age, the coffin of Kiddin-Khutran, burried
gloriously in the Arjan area, was accidentally discovered,
bringing its site to world-wide fame. Invaluable items
including a heavy gold ring which was an indication of the
King’s power, were found in the metal coffin.
Today the site has become the target of agricultural
activities of locals who have entered the land without
permission of the Iranian Cultural Heritage and Tourism (ICHTO)
Department of Khuzestan. Archeologists and officials of
the ICHTO hope that setting the perimeters of the site
would help move the farmers out and preserve the land.
So far no archeological research has been carried out on
the historical site of Arjan and the coming up activities
are considered to initiate a new archeological season,
which experts hope would reveal secrets of the Elamite
King unburied there before, and introduce another part of
Iran’s history to the world.