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Vandalised Elamite Cuneiform Inscription Awaiting Restoration


28 November 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Two months have passed since Iran’s biggest Elamite cuneiform inscription was found splashed with paint. However, no budget has yet been provided to remove the paint from this ancient inscription.


“We have asked the Iranian Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization through a formal request to provide the budget for cleaning the Elamite inscription, but the Organization has not responded yet,” said Sadeq Mohammadi, director of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Khuzestan province.


He further added that as soon as the budget is provided, the Department would proceed to hire specialists to carefully remove the paint from of the inscription.


More than two months ago, unidentified persons sprinkled paint over the Elamite Tarishā Temple’s inscription, vandalising this historic monument which is the largest one of its kind left from the Elamite Kingdom (3400-550 BCE). It is carved on the rocks of Tarishā Temple, otherwise known as Eshkāf-e Salmān (Salmān’s Cave), located in present-day city of Izeh in the Iranian southwestern province of Khuzestān. The site also has four bas-reliefs, two of which are inside a nearby cave. One of the bas-reliefs depicts a woman beside a man and a priest in a ceremonial postures.




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

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