(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
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.