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LONDON, (CAIS) -- Chaos still reigns at Persepolis. The floor and walls of the Hadish Palace of King Xerxes have been stained by a red liquid used to represent blood in a TV series, the Persian service of CHN reported on Monday.
site’s guards told the cameramen of the TV series about the red stains, but
they ignored all the warnings about cleaning up the discoloration and left the
site,” said Afshin Yazdani, an archaeologist of Persepolis.
cameramen were working on “Zero Degree Orbit”, an IRIB TV series being
directed by Hassan
guards later arrested the cameramen and confiscated all their equipment.
to experts, such coloured liquids are made of chemical materials that damage
artifacts and are extremely difficult to clean up. However, a restoration team
is currently removing the stains.
Fars Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department plans to sue the film crew for the
officials also said that a number of tourists visiting Iran’s unique tourist
magnet were frightened when plastic bullets were fired during the film shoot.
week, a member of the production crew damaged two bas-reliefs depicting
Achaemenid dynasty soldiers on the wall of the Artaxerxes Palace in Persepolis.
person removed the soldiers’ heads with metal tools, most likely in order to
steal the artifacts, the Persepolis Guard Department director said.
Persepolis Ancient Complex director Maziar Kazemi said that officials who issue
permits for feature-length films with large crews are responsible for such
have asked the officials not to authorize groups that have applied to make
feature-length films at Persepolis, but there has so far been no response to the
requests,” he added.
Cultural Heritage Guards Department has repeatedly asked the Cultural Heritage
and Tourism Organization to stop issuing permits for filming at Persepolis.
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