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A Parthian Ceramic Coffin Discovered in Hamedan

 

 

Wednesday, 23 May 2001

 


TEHRAN -- A 2000-year-old ceramic coffin, which belongs to Parthians era was discovered at one of the old districts of Hamedan Province, western Iran, on Monday.

The Director General of Hamedan Cultural Heritage Organization (CHO), Habibollah Rashid Beigi, said that the coffin had been found during an excavation at the yard of a house located around Hamedan's Abu Ali Sina Hospital.

 

The discovered coffin was transferred to CHO laboratory of Hamedan Province by experts, in order to be repaired and renovated, he added.

 

Rashid Beigi also said that the coffin was made of coarse ceramic without being enameled, measures 1.95cm by 48cm and is 25cm height.  He added that the coffin has been shaped like a human body except that it was broader at higher part and narrower at lower part.  He mentioned that the only part of an artificial human forearm made of an unknown material had been found in the coffin.

 

Several ceramic coffins and ancient graves have been previously discovered at various districts of Hamedan, pointing to the vast area and the great population of Hamedan during different pre-Islamic periods, especially during the reign of Parthian dynasty.

 

 

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