The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- While
more than one year has passed since Eshkaft-e Salman otherwise known as Tarisha
Temple, was found vandalised with paint, nothing has been done so far for
removing paint from the body of the biggest Elamite cuneiform inscription.
in the city of Izeh in Khuzestan province, the prehistoric site of Tarisha is
one of the most exquisite and valuable inscriptions denoted to the Elamite
civilization (3400-550 BCE). It is also one of the first sites in Iran which was
registered in the list of Iran’s National Heritage sites.
all threats posed to this unique national heritage site during past year, no
real measure has been done so far to protect it against possible damages.
Private construction of a multi-storey hotel in the vicinity of the historical
site has not only defied heritage regulations by introducing the cultural
landscape of this national heritage site, it has also taken away the chance for
world registration of Iran’s biggest Elamite inscription. Once informed, the
provincial Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts, and Tourism Department took the case
to the judiciary of Ahwaz, capital city of Khuzestan province.
considering the ownership of Izeh municipality over these lands in Tarisha,
Khuzestan’s judiciary rejected the appeal and the case was taken to Iran’s
Supreme Court. Since the case was not promptly followed by Khuzestan’s
Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department through the Supreme Court, the Court
voted in favour of the owner of the lands and construction of the hotel was
paint on this Elamite inscription was the other threat to Tarisha worship place.
Regarding the inappropriate condition of Tarisha inscription, Faramarz Khoushab,
head of Cultural Heritage Enthusiasts Association of Izeh told Persian service
of CHN: “Despite all oppositions made so far by Cultural Heritage enthusiasts
and promises made by authorities for protecting this national heritage site
against possible damages, nothing has been done so far in this regard.”
to Khoushab, writing and splashing paint is not just limited to Tarisha
inscription and the nearby Elamite intaglios of Kul Farah are also intruded by
vandals. That is why an emergency measure should be taken in this regard to
protect these historic inscriptions before they suffer more damages.
Temple is home to the largest neo-Elamite inscription ever found in Iran. The
site also has four bas-releifs, two of which are inside a nearby cave. One of
the bas-reliefs depicts a woman beside a man and priest in a traditional
is happening in the case of Tarisha is only one example of the many other cases
of this kind where the country’s cultural heritage is victimized due to lack
of protection and development projects. Same things have repeatedly occurred in
other parts of the country and that is something Iran’s cultural heritage
authorities must find a solution to before it afflicts the entire country. It
seems introducing the high value of cultural heritage sites through public
training and education people how to protect them as their own properties would
be the most important step in this regard.
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