excavations in Bistun Plain, 30 kilometers
northeast of Kermanshah, west of Iran, has led to
the discovery of a skeleton dating to some 3000
years ago, with metal rings on both legs.
“The skeleton is buried toward south on its left
side, a burial method that is seen only during the
third period of Iron Age,” explained Ali Sadjadi,
head of the excavation team of Bistun Plain.
Experts have also discovered two jugs at the feet
of the skeleton, and three bronze containers
buried alongside. According to Sadjadi, the
objects are proof that people believed in life
after death during the time.
The skeleton is adorned with six metal rings
around his right ankle and five around its left.
The rings are 15 centimeters in diameter and 2
centimeters thick. The rings and objects found
around the body show that the person has enjoyed
high social and financial status during his life.
Excavations in the plain have also led to the
discovery of potsherds from the prehistoric times
in a depth of 3-4 meters, which experts believe
are sign of the river running in the plain,
Gamsiab, changing direction throughout time.
Experts have identified in the plain continuous
historical periods from the third period of Iron
Age to the time of the Ilkhanids (700 years ago).
Bistun Plain is spread at the foothill of Bistun
Mountain where several ancient remains including
prehistoric caves, a temple from the Median
Imperial dynasty, the relief and inscription of
the Achaemenid King of Kings Darius I the Great.