to the large expanse of the region, every day we see new holes in the
ground dug by smugglers. The region is difficult to access, but the teams
of smugglers with metal detectors excavate the ancient sites at night. Our
office is not able to confront them,” Keramat Tahmasbi added.
Province officials have tried to educate the local residents about the
negative effect of such excavations and to establish societies for the
protection of the site over the past year.
process of illegal excavations is so extensive that it will cause
irreparable damage to the site,” Izeh Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Office expert Saeid Mohammadpur said.
ancient sites of Khuzestan Province have the dubious distinction of
suffering the most damage and the most illegal excavations and smuggling
of all Iran’s historical sites.
after the Karun-3 Dam came on stream last November, many ancient sites and
artifacts dating back to the Elamite era and the Stone Age were submerged
under mud and water, throwing salt on the wounds. Archaeologists had also
identified 18 sites from the Epipaleolithic period (20,000-10,000 BC) in