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Sasanid Skeleton Rises from Bolaghi Gorge


07 May 2005



Iranian and French archaeologists have discovered an adult male skeleton and a clay pot in a one-hectare graveyard in the historical site of Bolaghi Gorge, in Fars Province.

International experts are now busy working in the Gorge located 4 kilometers from the Pasargadae World Heritage Site to save the historical remains there before the newly constructed Dam of Sivand is flooded by the end of the year.

Excavation in three tombs of a vast graveyard identified by Iranian and French experts led to the discovery of a skeleton belonging to a male adult and a piece of crockery. The skeleton which has been buried in a fetus position is the first nearly intact one unearthed in the site.

The Iranian head of the joint team of Iranian and French archaeologists, Mohammad Taghi Atayi, explains that considering the pottery features, the skeleton most probably dates back to the Sassanid time. “At the time of the Sassanids, Zoroastrianism was the main religion of the area and since the tradition did not see the burial of the dead, identification of the discovered tombs and complementary studies are of utmost importance,” adds Atayi.

The team has so far found 40-60 tombs in the one-hectare cemetery, and right now, the French are studying the remains of the discovered skeleton to understand more about the cause of death, his probable diseases, and the physical characteristics of the residents of the area.




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