The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- The
Shush Cultural Heritage Centre (SCHC) has announced that a five-hour session
will be held on November 9 to seek solutions to the numerous problems now
plaguing the ancient city of Susa.
experts on Susa have been invited to the session, during which the plans
prepared for the (Iranian calendar) year will be permitted [by the regime’s
authorities],” SCHC director Mohammadreza Chitsaz told the Persian service of
CHN on Monday. The current Iranian calendar year ends on March 20, 2009.
the session, a plan for the restoration of the Shush Castle will be discussed,
replacement of the brick inscriptions used in the construction of the Shush
Castle was a part of the restoration plan, which was halted due to objections
raised by a number of restoration experts from the SCHC.
decision to replace the ancient artefacts with ordinary bricks was made by the
Khuzestan Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department (KCHTHD) several
months ago after a study showed the artefacts were being threatened by erosion.
KCHTHD experts began to detach the bricks to transfer them to the castle’s
storehouses as a so-called safe haven. The other experts did not agree with the
plan for a number of reasons, including the fact that several of the storehouses
have become completely dilapidated due to neglect.
experts also plan to make a decision about the artefacts now being kept at the
storehouses during the November 9 session.
will also discuss a partially constructed passenger bus terminal that has been
illegally constructed by the Islamic Republic’s Shush Municipality on the
perimeter of Susa.
KCHTHD plans to buy the terminal and convert it into a guest house for
archaeologists and other experts, Chitsaz said.
restoration of the Shaur Palace, built during the reign of the Achaemenid King
Artaxerxes II (circa 404–359 BCE), is another issue that will be discussed
during the session.
restoration of the Shaur Palace’s columns, the removal of the garbage and
weeds from the palace, and the establishment of a guardhouse at the site are
other issues that will be studied during the meeting,” Chitsaz noted.
addition, the experts will examine the decision by an archaeological team to set
a 1200-hectare perimeter for the historical metropolis of Susa.
restoration plan prepared for Susa’s Apadana Palace is to be reviewed by the
experts, he added.
of the stones used in the construction of the palace will be relocated to their
original places and some columns will be restored, so we will be able to see the
Achaemenid palace’s splendid appearance again,” he stated.
early January, vandals have also smashed remaining column bases at Apadana, and
the Old-Persian cuneiform inscriptions on the bases were obliterated.
Apadana Palace is also being threatened by the construction of a preparatory
school on its perimeter.
far, Iranian archaeologists and cultural figures have not been able to find any
solutions for the on-again, off-again hotel construction projects on the
perimeter of the ancient city of Susa by the rulers of the Islamic regime’s
friends and relatives.
week, the owner of the Amir Zargar hotel construction project violated the
perimeter of Susa by digging several excavations at the perimeter. The
destructive permit for
constructing 'Amirzargar' hotel was issued to by 'Sadeq Mohammadi' the director
an excavation of 100x100 meters had been dug for another hotel construction
project, named Laleh, in May 2007. According to the archaeologists with the Susa
Research Centre, the dug out earth from the site was taken away to a secret
location unknown to them, perhaps to destroy any traces of pre-Islamic Iranian
heritage. Experts have dated the destroyed strata to the late Parthian
(248BCE-224 CE) and Sasanian (224-651 CE) dynasties.
owners claimed the projects only commenced after Iranian cultural heritage
organisations authorised them.
early December 2007, Tariana sent a letter to the Islamic regime’s president
Mahmud Ahmadinejad, requeted to put a stop to the project – but the not only
the letter was ignored, but also he sent his vice Esfandiar
Rahim-Mashaei to attend the construction ceremony.
August when Rahim-Mashaei was questioned by journalists about his participant in
the destruction of the site, the director of ICHHTO, claimed that he was not
aware of the historical importance of Susa.
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