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Parthian, Sassanid cemetery turned into garbage dump in Susa

Tehran Times Culture Desk

TEHRAN -- A Parthian and Sassanid cemetery, located on the perimeter of the ancient city of Susa in Iran's Khuzestan Province, has recently been turned into a garbage dump.

Since May 2007, residents and the Shush Municipality dump their rubbish and the debris remaining from construction projects into a 100x100 meter excavation six meters deep intended for a hotel construction project at the site reported the Persian service of CHN on Monday.

The hotel construction project, named Laleh, was canceled following objections raised by Iranian cultural heritage enthusiasts and a number of world renowned archaeologists, including French archaeologist Rémy Boucharlat.

The 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.

In October 2008, another hotel construction project, named Amir Zargar, also infringed upon the Susa perimeter with the digging of some holes near the ancient city.

The Amir Zargar project was also halted after the Shush Cultural Heritage Center filled a lawsuit against the project's owner.

This is not first time Susa has been damaged by people and public organizations.

The Sassanid era palace site of Eyvan-e Karkheh located near Susa had at one point in 2005 been used as a garbage dump.

Eyvan-e Karkheh is currently being threatened by agricultural activities of the Islamic Azad University.

Susa has also sustained damage from vandals. The column bases of Susa's Apadana Palace were destroyed by vandals in January 2008.

The 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.

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.

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

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