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Anthropologists Study 3,000-Year-Old Skeleton

 

News Category: Prehistory

 03 October 2005

 

 

Anthropologists 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.

 

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