have come across a 3,000-year-old skeleton of a pregnant
woman with a fully developed fetus while conducting
research studies on the findings unearthed during the
third round of excavations in Talesh archeological site.
The archeological site of Talesh, which is located in the
northwest of Gilan province, is significant because of the
influence of the Iron Age civilization on the Iranian
plateau, Cultural Heritage News agency reported.
The archeological team, which began its activities in
Talesh earlier in August.
An anthropologist working at the Talesh site, Farzad
Forouzanfar, said that anthropological studies on the
skeleton reveal that the young woman, believed to be aged
under 20, died during childbirth due to a deformation of
the pelvis. The child remained in her womb, he added.
Earlier, anthropologists discovered the remains of a
mother with a fetus in her womb, dating back to 5,000
years ago from the ancient site of Shahr-e Soukhteh (Burnt
City), near Sistan, southeastern Iran.