The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- Dredging and widening the water channels running from Mārūn
River to Shohada Dam in Iran’s southwestern Khuzestan province further
destroyed parts of the ancient city of Arjān which has abundant archaeological
evidence from the Elamite Kingdom (3400-550 BCE).
addition to the Dam itself which has destroyed large sections of this Elamite
city, agricultural activities in this area in the past few years have posed
serious threats to this ancient site.
order to irrigate the farming lands in the area, the water channels leading to
the Dam were recently dredged which resulted in the widening of these channels
and consequently destroyed parts of the ancient site of Arjan,” announced
Mojtaba Ganji, director of Arjan Research Centre.
to its vast area, the Elamite city of Arjan has many times been plundered by
illegal diggers who destroyed large sections of this 6500-year-old site. Last
year, illegal diggers accidentally discovered an intact dome belonging to the
Islamic period in this historic site. Yet, according to Ganji, most of the
damages to the Elamite city of Arjan are caused by agricultural activities.
The Elamite city of Arjan is located 10 kilometres north of the city of Behbahān in Khuzestan province. A grave belonging to the New Elamite era was discovered during dam construction activities in fall 1982. The grave belongs to Kidin Hutran, an Elamite king who ruled sometime in the seventh century BCE.
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