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Assured About Choghazanbil Security
14 May 2006
(CAIS) -- Director of UNESCO World Heritage Center
Francisco Bandrin is scheduled to visit Iran on May 18 to draw up a report on
the suspension of oil exploration near Choghazanbil in Khuzestan province which
is the site of an ancient ziggurat, CHN reported.
This is while the government has assured the international body that the plan to
go ahead with the exploration operations has been shelved.
Confirming the news of Bandrin’s upcoming visit, Head of the provincial
Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department in Khuzestan Sadeq Mohammadi said that
the drilling small wells in the vicinity of Chogazanbil had led to UNESCO
expressing concern about the cultural heritage site. “So, he will pay a
one-day visit to Iran to inspect the area,“ said the official.
Sadeqi further said that Oil Ministry has moved all its exploration equipment
out of the area and there are currently no operations being conducted in the
Meanwhile, head of Oil Company’s Geophysics Department, Mojtaba Mohammad-Khorsani
said that following strong objections and reactions by the media and public, the
company ended its operations in the area and relocated them to regions near Ilam.
Chogha Zanbil is a major monument of the Elamite civilization, which was
constructed in the city of
. It is located near
, the ancient capital of
, and was registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1978.
about 1250 BCE under the direction of the Elamite ruler Untash-Gal during the
Middle Elamite period (c.1500–1000 BCE), the complex was dedicated to
Inshushinak (Insusinak), the bull-god of
. 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.
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