babies or probably even fetuses skulls dated back
to 1000BCE have been discovered in new excavations
in one of Isfahan provincial archaeology sites.
While excavating Ashna Tepe (hill), part of
Chadegan of Isfahan province, two skulls dating to
some 3000 years ago were discovered in baskets
similar to tree trunks. According to head of the
Tepe excavations, Asadollah Mirza Aghajani, the
delicate structure of the unique skulls is proof
that they belong to babies or even fetuses.
The skulls were buried next to each other, which
Mirza Aghajani believes, “shows that the babies
have probably been twins.” He adds that a final
identification necessitates further anthropology
During the one month since excavation has started
in the area, remains from the Iron Age, Bronze
Age, Copper Age, and Neolithic Age have been
discovered in Ashna Tepe.
Ashna Tepe is located in the middle of the deltas
of Aragun (a main branch of Isfahan famous river,
Zayandeh Rud) and Kam Ab Rivers. The hill is in a
20-kilometer distance of Zayandeh Rud dam, and is
drowned under water which goes as far as 48
kilometers behind the dam during rainy season. The
area is therefore accessible for archaeological
studies only during the time when water is low.