News ID: 120901
Published: 0242 GMT June 26, 2015

Asker Mokrem, an ancient site

Asker Mokrem, an ancient site

Local authorities in the southwestern province of Khuzestan have salvaged the remnants of an ancient city near Shushtar from intrusion by a local farmer.

Asker Mokrem is the oldest Islamic city located between two local rivers of Shushtar and Mosraghan. It is situated in the city of Bawi, Khuzestan province. Askar Mokrem is of great historical importance.

Now, its ruins have been divided by Gorgor River in the northeastern part of Band-e Qir Village, 35km off Shushtar.

The trespassing by local farmer was reported by Khuzestan Cultural Heritage Enthusiasts Society (Taryana) to authorities, who promised immediate action.

Taryana spokesman Mojtaba Gahestouni said the part of the ancient city which was subject to intrusion is in Jalieh Village. He explained that the site was officially registered in 1931. However, no archeological explorations have been conducted in the site yet, he added.

Since Asker Mokrem is in a remote part of Shushtar, it has been largely neglected. Mismanagement and lack of responsibility have led to damages of Asker Mokrem historical site.

Gahestouni added that Bawi Cultural Heritage Department has been established to protect the Asker Mokrem ancient city from further destruction.

Seasonal overflowing of Gorgor River, development of agricultural activities, precipitations, lack of permanent protective units, illegal excavators, and deep groves have all targeted the ancient city, he said.

Demarcation of the ancient city will largely prevent further damages to the site, he added.

Asker Mokrem city was the hub of sugarcane cultivation in olden times. Its inhabitants used to make textiles from raw silk and meet the demands for sugar in Muslim nations as far away as Egypt.

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