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Seals Discovered in Women Burials of the Burnt City Sign of their Importance

 

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Prehistory

 09 April 2004

 

 

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 men’s.

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.

 

 

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