only surviving ziggurat in Iran, Chogha Zanbil is a major remnant of the
Elamite civilization. It is located near Susa, the ancient capital of
director of the Haft-Tappeh and Chogha Zanbil Research Center, Mehdi
Madahi, said on Friday that the renovation process would involve efforts
to document and reinforce the structures, determine their foundations, and
add new bricks.
and wind have greatly damaged the Chogha Zanbil Ziggurat and its ancillary
structures over the millennia, so they need to be reinforced every few
years, experts say.
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. The square
base of the ziggurat, 344 feet (105 meters) on each side, was built
principally of brick and cement. It now stands 80 feet (24 meters) high,
less than half its estimated original height.