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Iran: CHTHO bans hotel construction project in historic Susa

TEHRAN, Sep. 5 (Mehr News Agency) -- Iran's Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) banned the construction of the multipurpose hotel complex in the perimeter of the ancient city of Susa in southeastern Iran.

"The project was banned following a series of investigations by CHTHO's experts," Shush Cultural Heritage Center (SCHC) director Mohammadreza Chitsaz told the Persian service of CHN on Friday.

"The owner of the project can file a legal claim, however the owner is to be provided with a reciprocal parcel of land based on an agreement with the Shush Municipality," he added.

"It's obvious that the hotel will never be built at the venue," he emphasized.

The construction of hotel began in May of 2007 with the excavation of a 100x100 meter area to a depth of 6 meters following authorization of the project by the Khuzestan Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department.

Ancient strata and shards were found on the walls of the hole that was dug in an area believed to be a Parthian and Sassanid cemetery.

The strata and many artifacts were destroyed and the earth excavated by loaders has been transferred to an unknown location by truck.

In his July press conference, CHTHO Director Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaii asked his office to investigate the case in order to determine the people responsible for damages to the site.


However, the project had previously been abandoned because it is located in an area that is also claimed by the Khuzestan Road Office.

Susa (the Biblical city of Shushan, now the modern city of Shush) was an ancient city in the Elamite, Persian, and Parthian empires of Iran, located about 150 miles east of the Tigris River in Khuzestan Province of Iran.

Susa is one of the oldest known settlements in the region, probably founded around 4000 BC, though the first traces of an inhabited settlement date back to 7000 BC. 

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