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CAIS ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS©

 

Achaemenid Relics Seized From Smugglers

 

News Category: Cultural

 13 October 2004

 

 

A gravestone with cuneiform inscriptions, two golden bracelets, three brass swords dating back to Achaemenid dynastic era and over 80 gold coins ranging from the Achaemenid era to the advent of Islam were seized from six smugglers in Bushehr province as they tried to take them out of the country.


The Persian daily Hambastegi said that the police had the group under observation in Bushehr and they were arrested red-handed while trying to flee the country.


Police officer Alireza Khorram Khorshid said that the experts of the provincial Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department are examining the seized items.


He said that the stone epitaph is 80x20 cm with designs of swords and scripts in the cuneiform style prevalent during the Achaemenid era.


—Two very nice bracelets and three brass swords were also seized from the smugglers and according to the experts of the Cultural Heritage Department they also date back to Achaemenid dynastic era, the police officer said.

 

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