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Apadana Inscriptions on Verge of total Destruction


17 May 2007




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  Apadana's column-base with cuneiform inscriptions - Susa Pictures courtesy of Persian service of ISNA (Click to enlarge)


LONDON, (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 Ahuramazda."

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."




Extracted From/Source*: Iran Daily


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