LONDON, (CAIS) - Thirty
to forty percent of an Iron Age cemetery at the Sang-Tarashan
(Stonemasons) region near the southwestern Iranian city of
Khorramabad, the capital of Lorestan Province, has
recently been plundered by smugglers, the director of a
team tasked to save the site announced on Tuesday.
cemetery covers an area of one hectare, and our initial
studies indicate that the site dates back to the late Iron
Age (850-550 BC). The site has been named Sangtarashan
because it’s close to a village of the same name in the
neighborhood,” Mehrdad Malekzadeh said.
graves are accessible at a depth of about 20 centimeters,
and this provided an opportunity for the smugglers to loot
artifacts buried along with the bodies,” he added.
numerous archaeological sites, Khorramabad is one of the
world's oldest inhabited cities.