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.
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
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.
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.