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Ancient Zigurat's Protective Layer Wearing Away

 

News Category: Elamite Period (3400 - 550 BCE)

08  January 2006

 

 

Chogha Zanbil_Model.jpg (131218 bytes)LONDON, (CAIS) -- Sections of the outer protective layer of Choghazanbil Ziggurat in Khuzestan province, which is made of brick, are gradually wearing away due to rain, movement of visitors and illegal excavations, warned an archeologist and head of a research team at the site, ISNA reported.


Afshin Ebrahimi asserted that when Choghazanbil Ziggurat was opened to the public in 1999, no specific route was envisaged for tourists visiting the archeological site.


“It was for this reason visitors, particularly the children, easily ascended the ziggurat damaging its outer protective layer. However, visitors were banned from climbing the ziggurat in 2002 and they were only allowed to view the edifice from a certain distance,“ he added.


Commenting on the negative impact of illegal excavations at Choghazanbil, Ebrahimi pointed out that harm done by illegal excavations is irreversible.


Recently a lighting system has been installed and guards have been stationed at the site to check illegal excavations, he concluded.

 

  

 

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