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Susa

Date of Submission: 09/08/2007
Criteria: (ii)(iii)
Category: Cultural
Submitted by:
Iranian Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization
State, Province or Region:
Susa, Khuzistan Province
Ref.: 5180
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Description

Covering about 350 hectares, Susa constitutes one of the world‘s largest archaeological sites. It has been located at the fountainhead of the city river. Since the 4th millennium BC people have uninterruptedly lived there until the 8th century AH. Along this period, it was the capital of the Elamites and subsequently the Achaemenians for totally about 2800 years. For the first time, a French archeologist worked there about 150 years ago. Subsequently, Iranian Archaeological teams have carried out excavations here, unraething artifacts, buildings and objects from different historical periods, and most importantly about Elamite history and culture.

Statements of authenticity and/or integrity

Archaeological excavations, various items unearthed and written documents, including the history of man's culture and other documents in Elamite, Assyrian, etc.

Comparison with other similar properties

Comparable to many archaeological sites in Iran, Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, the Indus Valley, and central Asia,....