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New Dam Further Destroyed Elamite City of Arjan


27 November 2006




LONDON, (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).


In 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.


“In 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.


Due 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.




Extracted From/Source: Cultural Heritage News Agency (CHN)

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