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Partho-Sasanian (248 BCE – 651 CE) dynastic cemetery, located on the perimeter
of the ancient city of Susa in Khuzestan Province, has recently been turned into
a garbage dump.
May 2007, some locals and the Shush Municipality dump their rubbish and the
building wastes into a 100x100 meter excavation six meters deep intended for a
hotel construction project at the site reported the Persian service of CHN on
hotel construction project, named Laleh, was
cancelled following objections raised by the Iranian and international
communities, cultural heritage enthusiasts and a number of world renowned
archaeologists, including French archaeologist Rémy
excavation was to be filled in after an expert study. However so far, no report
has been published about the study or when the dig will be filled.
October 2008, another hotel construction project, named Amir Zargar, also
infringed upon the Susa perimeter with the digging of some holes near the
Amir Zargar project was also halted after the Shush Cultural Heritage Centre
filled a lawsuit against the project’s owner.
is not first time Susa has been damaged by the Islamic republic’s
Sasanian dynastic era palace site of Eyvan-e Karkheh located near Susa had at
one point in 2005 been used as a garbage dump.
Karkheh is currently being threatened by agricultural activities of the Islamic
has also sustained damage from vandals. The column bases of Susa’s Apadana
Palace were destroyed by vandals in January 2008.
palace perimeter was also demolished by construction of a preparatory school.
The building, which is to be four stories tall, will spoil the view of the
profile of the palace ruins.
In addition, the historical metropolis of Susa is being obliterated by construction of a passenger bus terminal in the city’s southern section, and three football fields that host many young teams and fans every day.
well as being an archaeological site, Susa is also mentioned in the Old
Testament as one of the places where the Daniel lived. His tomb is located in
the heart of the city.
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