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Ancient Bones, Pottery Surface in Southeastern Iran


07 May 2004



Farmers in southeastern Iran came across a large number of pottery and human bones in a historical hill in the ancient Jondi/Gondi Shapur site.

Preliminary studies indicate the pottery belong to the Jondi Shapur university and hospital dating back to the Sasanid era.

Experts from the local cultural heritage department have been collecting pictures and documents from the finds. The artifacts surfaced when farmers plowing the land on a hill. The cultural heritage experts have been advising against using the land for agricultural purposes.

The ancient Jondi Shapur site is a major memorial from the Sasanid era, whose university and hospital is the first of its kind in the world. It is known that the origin of Academic dress dates back to that university, which evidence suggest that both the faculty and the student body of this university wore special apparel more than 1500 years ago to indicate institutional deference. The tradition was largely revived in 12th century Europe, where universities as we know them today, were taking form.   

The local cultural heritage department has been in talks with the agriculture department to stop the farming of the lands.

Experts warn continued agricultural activity threatened to destroy the ancient area with all its relics.



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