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CAIS ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS©

 

Choghazanbil Left to be Destroyed

 

17 January 2006

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- An Iranian expert on environmental issues has criticized the incursion of livestock into protected areas including Choghazanbil Ziggurat which he said has created problems for the region.


Speaking to ISNA, Noshad Rokni, who is involved in the Choghazanbil Protection Project, further said that the monument itself faced no direct threats except from explosives which are detonated in the area for a number of reasons. However, he noted, some other problems are also posing indirect threats to Choghazanbil.


“When the pastures are turned into farmlands, tribal people have no alternative but to graze their cattle near protected zones such as Choghazanbil, which, in itself, is harmful for the region,“ he said.


Rokni further stated that Chogazanbil Ziggurat and its surrounding mounds face environmental risks, not to mention that they date back to three thousand years ago.


After the 1970s, extensive changes took place in the area; irrigation networks were installed and three sugarcane factories were built around the historical monument, he noted.


The expert also complained that heavy vehicles pass over the mounds to reach the factories, which are destructive for the mounds.


Commenting on the other historical sites surrounding Choghazanbil, Rokni said that there are various historical mounds in the vicinity of Choghazanbil dating back to the pre-historic era, which may include more significant edifices than Choghazanbil.


“For example, Deh-e Nou Mound, located opposite Choghazanbil, is under threat of destruction due to rain and has not been explored yet,“ he said.
Some archeologists maintain that a ziggurat is situated there while others believe that it contains a number of monuments, noted Rokni.


Deh-e Nou is a mound pertaining to the Elamite era.
He said that radioactive dusts from the Persian Gulf war have also damaged the monuments.

 

  

 

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