two thousand-year bronze coffin containing a
skeleton with golden blindfold and muzzle was
found by archaeologists in a farm near
Khorram-abad, in western province of Lorestan.
“These golden blindfold and muzzle Indicates
that they belonged to a person from high class”
said Jalal Adeli, the head of excavation group.
The shape of this 180x87x55cm coffin is similar to
a bathtub with four helves. The blindfold and
muzzle which were found over the skeleton was made
of narrow golden layer.
“Regarding the ceramics which were found around
the coffin, we guess it can be traced back to
Parthian era” said Adeli.
Archeologists hope to find some designs on the
coffin after removing layers of deposit.
These excavations began when a farmer informed the
Cultural Heritage Organization officials that some
people wander around her farm with metal detector.
“After the arrival of excavation group and
urgent speculation with help of police, we finally
found the coffin and its contents on February
10th” Cyrus Ebrahimi, chief of Lorestan cultural
heritage, told CHN.
“Because of the probability of illegal
excavations and to prevent the damage to the site,
we decided not to let the news break out until the
arrival of professional archaeologists group” he
Hope to find other ancient artifacts; a
professional excavation group is currently working
on the site.
Earth pressure has broken the coffin into four
parts, therefore all the found artifacts were sent
to laboratory of Falak-ol-aflak castle for
research and restoration.
“We would find out the gender, death cause, body
measures and probable disease of the person whose
skeleton is found,” said Farzad Foroozanfar, the
anthropologist in charge of the project.
The only bronze coffin found so far in the region,
was related to Arjan treasure which belonged to
Kiddin-Khutran, the Elamite king, and was
excavated during the construction of Behbahan dam.
The bronze coffin will be exhibited in Cultural
Heritage Week (18-25 May), after restoration.