Conservation project of Chogha Zanbil, Iran
© UNESCO 2003
National implementing agency: Iranian Cultural Heritage Organization (ICHO)
Project duration: Phase I: 1998 - 2003 / Phase II : 2003 2006
Total project budget: US$ 1,000,000 for the two Phases
"The World Heritage Site of Chogha Zanbil, situated near Susa in the south-west of Iran, consists of the ruins of three concentric walls, within which are the remains of a palace, temples, tombs and a large central Ziggurat, which is the largest still extant. The major part of the complex is constructed of mud-brick and was founded in the 13th century BC by King Untash Napirisa but abandoned after the king's death.
During the project's first phase, a project office with a conservation laboratory has been established, and topographical and geological studies carried out. Drainage of the area within the inner wall and emergency repairs to the Ziggurat have been undertaken, and two training courses on the conservation of earthen structures held at the site. Research on the conservation of materials used at the site, as well as on the archaeological remains, is now well advanced. The results of this research have been documented in the site's general conservation plan, whose recommendations are being executed in the project's second phase."
(Extract from "Preservation of Tangible Cultural Heritage through the UNESCO/Japanese Funds-in-Trust" p.16)
Copyright : 2013 Permanent Delegation of Japan to UNESCO