near Sarab Karzan village in the Shirvan region of the province, the
cemetery contains more than 100 graves, each bearing the remains of
members of a single family.
gravestones, each weighing about one to five tons, have been placed on top
of each other in a conical shape without any mortar,” Abbasi said.
position of the bodies differs from one grave to another. The inhabitants
of the region of that time used to bury people based on some natural
phenomena, such as the position of the sun in the sky. If someone died at
sunrise or sunset, he/she was buried toward the east or west
respectively,” he added.
is evidence that the cemetery has been frequently excavated by smugglers,
who have looted the items buried with the bodies, Abbasi said, adding,
“However, some of the graves remain intact, which should be excavated by
archaeologists in order to acquire more accurate information.”