group Iranian heritage and academic experts plan to
conduct DNA tests on bones of people dating back to the
Iron Age to discern their race, complexion color and
endemic diseases at that time, in the most daunting
project for local archeology in recent memory.
Studies show the Iron Age people used to dwell in Persia
from 2,500 BC to 500 BC, leaving behind a telltale sign in
the form of grey potteries. The funerary artifacts
unearthed in Iran’s ancient cemeteries indicated those
people took pride in their multifaceted and diversified
culture and religious beliefs, though the dearth of
knowledge on their settlements has frustrated
A relatively young scientific approach among local
archeologists, DNA tests would hopefully unravel mysteries
of one the most intriguing epoch of human history.
Now a team archeologists in Tarbiat Modarres University (TMU)
in Tehran and Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Organization (CHTO) plan to embark on a fact-finding
mission, on the orders of CHTO’s president Hussein
Dr. Alireza Hozhabri Nobari, an archeologist in TMU who
pioneered DNA tests on skeletons dug out from graves in
the northwestern city of Tabriz, believes the approach
could lead to solving some Iron Age mysteries.