Begins the second chapter of the restoration work at Persepolis.
In September 2018, the Organization Restorers without Frontier (RSF) Italy has launched in Persepolis in the province of Fars an important conservative restoration project that will involve the stone surfaces of two important monuments located in the archaeological site of Persepolis (Iran), ancient capital of the Achaemenid empire founded by Darius I in 518 BC, unique site for the importance and quality of its monumental ruins.
The project, called Persepolis International Monuments Conservation Project (PIMCP), is based on the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed by RSF with the Iranian institutions responsible for safeguarding and restoring the monuments of the archaeological site, one of the largest in the world, insert from the 1979 in the UNESCO World Heritage List: the Research Center for Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Relics (RCCCR), the Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism (RlCHT) and the Persepolis World Heritage Site Management.
The program, already started for the organizational phase, is the result of an in-depth planning activity and of the studies carried out within the Italo-Iranian Archaeological Research Mission called From Palace to Towne of the educational workshop for the restoration of an architectural element made for the same project. An assiduous fundraising campaign conducted by RSF over the past three years has allowed us to obtain the necessary funding for the execution of preliminary investigations and the subsequent conservative restoration of the stone surfaces of the jambs of the East Tripylon door of the façade with the stairway of the South porch of the Palace of Darius (or Tachara). The works, generously sponsored by the Foundation under Swiss law Fondation Evergète, will take place in two subsequent construction sites, the first in the spring in 2019 and the second in the autumn of the same year, that is in the two climatically more favorable periods for the execution of the works. A first organizational mission by the President of RSF and three members of the Steering Committee has already taken place from the 24 to the 28 September 2018.
This project, of great relevance and of methodological impact to the conservation of the site, which is in fact the first to have been authorized by the Iranian government to a private foreign organization, can be considered the beginning of a series of conservation campaigns at Persepolis from plan in the great archaeological area of Persepolis. These desirable future interventions must take into account the data collected with continuous monitoring to be implemented over time.