The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- About
90,000 historical artefacts are being stored in appalling conditions in the
underground storerooms of Susa Castle which is located in Shush, near the
ancient sites of Susa in Khuzestan Province.
“The storerooms are not
only humid but are inhabited by snakes, scorpions, and insects such as
termites,” an informed source, who preferred to remain anonymous, told the
Persian service of IRNA on Tuesday.
“The artefacts belong to
various periods of Iran’s history,” the informer added.
According to the report,
many of the items have never been on public display.
Artefacts which were
discovered by the French archaeologist Roman Ghirshman in the 1940s are among
the relics languishing in the gloomy cellars.
A large number of the
secreted objects had been carefully salvaged from the Elamite-era sites of the
province over the past decades.
The only action that has
been taken for the protection of the relics was carried out by ancient
inscriptions expert Abdolmajid Arfaei, who sprayed the storerooms with
insecticide last year.
The foundations of Susa
Castle were laid in 1897 by French civil engineer, geologist, and archaeologist
Jacques Jean-Marie de Morgan (1857-1924), who had come to Iran to carry out
excavations in the region, The construction was completed under the supervision
of a local architect Mostafa Dezfuli in 1912.
Several of the castle’s
storehouses have become completely dilapidated through neglect.
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