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400-Year-Old Cemetery Unearthed in Bushehr


30 August 2005


Director General of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Bushehr province in southern Iran, Ardeshir Mohammadi-Baghmalaie, here Tuesday said that the discovery of a tombstone at Deilam farms to the north of Bushehr province unveiled a 400-year-old cemetery.

He told that the cemetery is situated 1,700 meters from Kenarkouh village near the provincial town of Deilam.

"The name of the deceased individual buried in the discovered tomb has been engraved on the rectangular tombstone in Nastaliq script. It dates back to 1043 AH.

"Besides, a few lines of locally composed verses describing the deceased have been carved on the tombstone.

"Given that the tomb is covered by a limestone, some of the inscriptions on it are indistinguishable through erosion, heat and cold. The tombstone is 22 centimeters high, 30 centimeters wide and 120 centimeters long," added the official.

Mohammadi-Baghmalaie noted that according to the survey conducted by the archaeologists of the provincial Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department, it is proved that the cemetery dates back to the Safavid, Zandieh and Qajar eras.

He said that the tombstone was discovered by a farmer from Deilam who came across it while working.

The town of Deilam with a 30,000 population is situated at the northernmost part of Bushehr province.




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