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Oldest remaining ziggurat in the Near East

Khodadad Rezakhani
October 25, 2005

On the letter about Chogha Zanbil: The fact that you don’t know what or where Chogha Zanbil is should not make it nonexistent. It is the oldest remaining Ziggurat (step temple) in the Near East and it is from the Elamite period.  

Chogha Zanbil a magnificent building located in a plain southeast of Shush in Khuzestan. The area around it is just being excavated and in all likelihood, it was the centre of a major city of the Elamite period.

Ziggurat of Chogha Zanbil is one of the most important archaeological sites of not only Iran, but the whole of the Near East and I personally like it more than many others.

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Khodadad Rezakhani is a PhD student in History at UCLA. Visit his website,

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