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Italian Archaeologist Confirms Mummy to Be Iranian


News Category: Achaemenian Dynasty

 14 November 2000


ROME - The Italian Archaeologist Lorenzo Costantini who researched for many years in Iran said on Monday that the mummy found a month ago in Pakistan initial indications point out to its origin as an Iranian relic, according o a report by IRNA.


The mummy was recovered from a gang of smugglers last month by Pakistani police and is kept in a museum in Karachi. The origin of the mummy is a matter of dispute and is being investigated.

Costantini who is a professor at the University of Naples told IRNA the discovered mummy is that of an Iranian princess named Rodomena' who died in the year 559 B.C. He said the princess belonged to Achaemenian Royal Dynasty and on her coffin the following sentence can be read, I am the sister of Cyrus the great, king of Iran.'' Costantini said the sentence leaves no room for doubt that the mummy belongs to Iran and its ancient history.

The Italian archaeologist who is in contact with Karachi's Archaeology Office said the coffin of the mummy is made of a kind of glass and there are pieces of jewelry and ornaments which were fashionable in that era. Costantin declined to talk to IRNA reporter two weeks ago as he was not then knowledgeable about the issue but on Monday, after receiving information from Karachi, said he was speaking on the subject being fully aware of the issue.

The Italian archaeologist worked in the southeastern regions of Iran from 1972 to 1978.



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