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Archaeologists Discover Parthian Barrel-Shaped Graves



27 May 2002


The first barrel-shaped graves of the Parthian era has been discovered in the process of archaeological studies on Dāmir graveyard in the plain of Māzandarān, in north of Iran.

According to an archaeologist from Māzandarān branch of Iran Cultural Heritage Organization, Ali Mahforouzi, in addition to the barrel-shaped graves, which symbolize the burials under the Parthian dynasty, various objects such as stone ornaments, dishes, and metal knives have been also discovered in the course of excavations. It is said that during the Parthian rule the dead bodies were kept in a barrel together with their dishes and other personal belongings, as they believed in postmortem life.

The graveyard covering an area of 160 by 180 square meters probably includes more buried bodies belonging to the Parthian era as well as to later periods before the Muslim invasion of Iran.

The recent discoveries in Dāmir graveyard, has opened a new horizon before archaeologists working on the Mazandaran plain. Dāmir graveyard is located seven km north of the provincial capital city of Sari.


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