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Another Skeleton Discovered at Tang-e Bolaghi


17 May 2005



A team of Iranian and French archaeologists has unearthed another skeleton at the ancient site of Tang-e Bolaghi, the director of the team announced on Tuesday.


“The skeleton was discovered in a squatting position with artifacts such as an iron awl, a leaf-shaped arrow with two heads in front of its feet, and a bronze knife with a broken tip under its neck,” Cultural Heritage News (CHN) quoted Mohammad-Taqi Ataii as saying. 


No mention was made of the gender of the skeleton.


Due to the burial style and the items found with the skeleton, the archaeologists believe that it dates back to the Sassanid era.


The skeleton, which was wearing an iron bracelet, had been buried under stones in a megalithic cemetery. Such a style of burial has not been observed in any ancient site in Iran.


The skeleton has been sent to the regional research center of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization for more studies.


Last week, the team of archaeologists unearthed the first complete human skeleton ever found at Tang-e Bolaghi in a cemetery where they had previously identified over 40 graves.


The joint team has been assigned to save artifacts and gather information on the prehistoric sites of Tang-e Bolaghi, which will soon be flooded by the waters of the reservoir of the Sivand Dam. 


Alongside Iranian experts, teams of Italian, Polish, Japanese, German, and Australian archaeologists have been assigned to save 129 ancient sites at Tang-e Bolaghi.


A significant part of Iranian history will be submerged by the dam, which is scheduled to become operational in March 2006.




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