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Persepolis Erosion Worrisome



Shapour Suren-Pahlav

17 September 2005



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Growing concerns have been expressed about the erosion of stones at the world famous historical site of Persepolis (Takht-e Jamshid) which symbolizes national glory, reported Persian service of ISNA.

Secretary of Pars Archeological Studies Center Amir-Hossein Hekmatnia said that while experts have taken precautionary steps to ensure the safety of the historical site, the erosion is evident to a tourist who visits the historical site after an interval of a couple of months. This, he noted, has given rise to serious concerns about safeguarding the site from the forces of nature.

He said that Parse-Pasargad Foundation is conducting a routine check on the maintenance of the monument by applying modern techniques.

Hekmatnia said that experts of Parse-Pasargadae Foundation are currently working on modern techniques for disposal of waste water from Persepolis (Takht-e Jamshid) to avert any danger posed by seepage at the site.

The expert advised the visitors not to touch the stones of the monuments since body fat present in the hands is absorbed by the stone giving rise to erosion.

He called on the custodians of Takht-e Jamshid to guide visitors to keep the monuments safe and prevent damages caused by them.

Hekmatnia said that the sandstone covering the ground of Takht-e Jamshid is useful for maintenance of the floor of the monument, but, at the same time, visitors carelessly wear away the sandstones which is harmful in the long run.

“Of course, the custodians guide the visitors and remind them about what they should and what they should not do,“ he said.

He stated that a shelter has been erected over Apadana Palace to protect the monument from acid rains.

“A shelter is the best way to protect Apadana Palace from acid rains. Such harmful rain takes place in Marvdasht since a petrochemical plant has been established in the vicinity of the monument,“ he said.

He said that Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization and UNESCO have provided funds for maintenance of Apadana--a magnificent palace of the ancient world located in Persepolis.


Iran's pre-Islamic heritage sites, are suffering as the result of the Islamic regime in power, as the ruling clerics in Iran are devoted to Arabic and Islamic culture. For the regime's larders the title of 'sayyed' (a descendent of Muhammad) isn't simply an honorific but it is a title affirming that the blood running in their veins is the same as that of Bedouins who invaded and pillaged Sasanian Iran in 7th century.


Soon after the 1979, Islamic Republic's efforts was began to subvert Iran's unique identity via Islamisation, in which the ruling clerics have tried to literally wreck and undermine the history and legacy of pre-Islamic Iran, and therefore Sadeq Khalkhali who was one of the most notorious Muslim clerics, nicknamed "the Hanging Judge," had sent bulldozers to level the magnificent Achaemenid ruins at Persepolis. If not for the proud locals who laid down in the path of those bulldozers and eventually chased them away, the famed pre-Islamic Iranian colonnades and its' majestic halls would have had the same fate as Bamiyan's Buddha statues, destroyed in 2001 by the Taliban in Afghanistan. 



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