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3000 year old Cemetery found in the Yasuj-Semirom Road


News Category: Prehistory

12 July 2000 



A historical graveyard has been found in the uncompleted Yasuj-Semirom Road in the province of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer Ahmad.   The graveyard belongs to the 1st century BC and has led archaeologists to interesting results.

40x150 meters of the cemetery, which is named the "Falcon Pit", has been studied and excavated and 70 graves have been found in 5 types and with different architectural techniques.


Many of these graves, which reach up to 8-9 meters, contain mass burials with cultural artifacts.

Hassan Rezvaii, the head of the excavation team, has stated that the size and number of graves that this cemetery contains is unique, especially in the area of the Zagross Mountains.


Although there are no signs of civilization belonging to the first century BC in the area, these graves probably belong to tribes that have migrated to the area and have lived in the area for many years.


The nonbeing of any traces of civilization in the area can be because these tribes lived in temporary shelters such as tents. Many samples of pottery, metal pieces, ceramic, and one gold pendant has been found in these graves.


The ministry of Roads tried to build a road over the cemetery some time ago, the cemetery was found in the process of digging. The construction of a road in the area of the graveyard has caused worry for the archaeologists and they hope that the road company will make a new route for the Yasuj-Semirom Road.




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