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Human Sacrifice Was Common in Burnt City


26 December 2004

According to archaeological research in the 5000-year-old burnt city, in eastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan, sacrificing human beings was a common practice in ancient times.

After excavating a number of graves in the cemetery of the burnt city, the Iranian archaeological team came across signs of murder and generally beheaded bodies.

“During excavations in the burnt city cemetery, we came across a grave with only one skull buried along with gifts and personal items needed for the afterlife. There was also another grave in the form of a circle with 13 skulls arranged toward the outside. In the center of this circle, there were bones of a 45-year-old man and the skulls of 2 dogs”, Mansoor Sajjadi, head of archaeological team, told CHN.

According to Sajjadi, another grave contained a skeleton with its head below its feet along with 2 daggers. As all the deceased have been buried in religious ceremonies, it seems unlikely that they have been evil-doers punished for their crimes.

“Burying the heads in a circle is a proof for the existence of a ritual among the people in the burnt city, but we need to do more excavations and research to come to a definite conclusion about the sacrifice ritual”, Sajjadi said.

Burnt city ancient site in Sistan-Baluchistan province in southeastern Iran is one of the most important prehistoric sites in Iran. Though this site has been the subject of 8 seasons of archaeological research, the experts do not still know what people resided in this city.



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