the first time, a grave in which two twins were buried was
unearthed during archaeological excavations in the
historical site of Burnt City.
Burnt City historical site, situated in Sistan va
Baluchistan province in southeast of Iran, is one of the
most important pre-historic sites of the country. Eight
seasons of archaeological excavations in the site indicate
that Burnt City was an important center of civilization
and trade some 5000 years ago. Burnt City is regarded as a
crucial historical site in the eastern Iranian plateau.
“During the latest excavations in this historical site,
we were able to unearth several historical graves and to
discover the skeleton remains of infant twins who were
buried alongside each other,” said Farzad Forouzanfar,
an anthropologist of the Archeological Research Center of
“The evidence indicates that most probably the two
infants were twins. Since the infants are still in a
foetal position, they must have been immature babies, died
before their birth,” added Forouzanfar.
The twins are buried in a joint grave, and their sexuality
is not clear yet. According to Forouzanfar, this is the
first time the archaeologists have faced such a case.
Archeologists are determined to carry out excavations in a
1000 square meter area of the central part of the cemetery
in this historical site during the 9th season of
excavations in Burnt City.
Eight seasons of excavations in the historical site of
Burnt City resulted in findings of more than 500
historical graves, which had never happened before in any
of the historical sites of Iran.