Excavations in the historical site of the Burnt
city, in the eastern Iranian province of Sistan-Baluchestan,
have led to the discovery of seals, considered signs of power
and importance, in the grave of women, not as believed in
According to researcher Mansour Sajjadi, relics found in tombs
of ancient areas, such as those of the Burnt City, provide
information on the lives of people, their thoughts and relations
with other societies. Studies in the Burnt City have given
evidence of the residents’ relationship with the civilizations
of the western parts of the Iran plateau.
One of the items found in the women graves were seals which are
signs of their prominence and power at the time.
Sajjadi explained that all the dead were buried fetus style,
with food, different items, valuable stones, and some with items
indicating the job of the buried person.
Another fascinating finding is a wooden game board, similar to
those found Ur city, which shows three facts: the city had
relations with Ur in 2500 to 2300 B.C., people had good lives
and could have leisure time and play mind games, third they were
familiar with mathematics which helped them in the game which
was similar to Iranian chess or European Domino.
Studying the tombs, Sajjadi added, also provided information on
the ancestors’ ethnic, personal and collective
characteristics, their culture, religious beliefs, illnesses,
age, and genetic features.