team of archaeologists working at the Chogha
Zanbil Ziggurat Complex recently discovered the
footprints of several animals at the ancient site,
the Persian service of CHN announced on Friday.
Mohammadreza Rokni said on Friday that the team has discovered footprints
similar to those of camels and wild pigs at the entrance of the
on the footprints indicate that the animals walked on the bricks about
3200 years ago when the bricks were being dried on river banks, he added.
footprints are not deep, showing that the bricks were almost dry when the
marks were left. The bricks were later baked and used,” he explained.
addition, several human footprints, most probably made by children, are
visible on the grounds of the site.
only surviving ziggurat in Iran, Chogha Zanbil is a major remnant of the
Elamite civilization. It is located near Susa, the ancient capital of
Elam, and was registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978.
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.