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Apadana Inscriptions on Verge of total Destruction
17 May 2007
column-base with cuneiform inscriptions - Susa Pictures courtesy of
Persian service of ISNA (Click
(CAIS) -- A member of Sush (Susa) Cultural Heritage Enthusiasts
Association's Board of Directors said that some of the inscriptions in the
ancient Apadana Palace are on the verge of becoming totally effaced.
Speaking to Persian service of ISNA, Mohammad Reza Motamedi added that in the
eastern gate of Apadana Palace, there are two bases of pillars with trilingual
inscriptions in Old-Persian, Akadian and Elamite cuneiforms.
The inscriptions executed by Xerxes, the Achaemenid dynastic emperor, translated
as: "The palace was constructed by my father King Darius on the order of
Deploring that serious damage has been inflicted to the bases of the pillars,
particularly their inscriptions, he said that the writings are so effaced that
they is now very difficult, if not impossible, to decipher.
According to Motamedi, also an expert, the damage was caused by humans as well
as natural elements.
Susa cultural heritage enthusiasts have on several occasions warned relevant
officials about preserving the valuable work, he said.
Unfortunately, nothing was done in this respect, he said noting, "Lack of
fences around the historical site, unauthorized entry of people to the site and
natural factors are among the causes of destruction."
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