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Discovery of the Ancient Migration Route of Iranian Nomads

 

26 July 2004

 

 

Following thorough anthropological and archaeological studies in the northern Semnan Province, Iranian archaeologists have concluded that over 3,000 years ago, an ethnic clan named Kharands had a migratory and nomadic lifestyle.


Kharand is one of the most significant historical sites in Iran, dating back to Iron Age. Archaeologists have already managed to unearth two graveyards there, housing some precious artifacts from the second to the first millennium B.C.


“During two seasons of excavation, we have discovered terra cotta vessels and also golden, silver and golden ornaments, all similar to 27 historical sites in the neighboring province of Mazandaran,” said Abdulmotaleb Sharifi, head of the archaeology team in Kharand. “We believe they were all made by one group of roving nomads.”


The main finding of these studies indicates that Kharand nomads used to winter near the Caspian Sea and spend the hot summer days near the refreshing fountain of Kharand, 80 km south of Mazandaran.

 

 

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