Tomb of Cyrus the Great restored

December 21st, 2008 - 2:39 pm ICT by ANI  

Tehran (Iran), Dec 21 (ANI): The restoration of the tomb of the founder of the Persian Empire, Cyrus the Great, has been completed and its metal scaffolding removed. According to a report by the FARS News Agency, after three stages of restoration, the structure, in Iran, stands strong and will not sustain any further damage. Hassan Rahsaz, manager of the restoration work, said that the restoration and documentation of the process has been carried out with great precision by 8 archeological experts and modern-day equipment. The first stage of restoration began in 2000 when metal scaffolding was put around the tomb to allow experts to access every inch of the stone exterior to find, document and restore the damage to its 180 bricks and the 11 slabs of stone that make up its roof. Broken pieces were also gathered and used to rebuild and protect the sections exposed to snow and rain. In the second stage of the project, cement used for restoration in 1930 was removed and the process of anastylosis of broken and fallen parts began. The stone parts were then reattached in the Achaemenid style with the help of dovetail joints. Laser scanners were used to determine their exact positions. In the last stage of restoration, the northern and western sides of the tomb were completely cleaned of limestone. (ANI)

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