artifacts are well baked and despite fingerprints
seen on them, they
are well glazed. They also include horizontal and
in the ancient graveyard of Lafourak of the
northern province of Mazandaran have revealed some
unique pottery buried alongside the dead. The
pottery is further proof of the unique burial
rituals of the area some 2800 years ago.
Artifacts so far discovered of the ancient
dwellers of the area have made Lafourak and its
Iron Age graveyard an attractive site for
Some of the tombs are decorated and consolidated
with clay covers all around which make them unique
among all other historical graveyards throughout
Iran. Moreover, the skeletons found there are of
an ethnic group not seen anywhere else in the
The potteries recently discovered in these tombs
are all hand-made, and according to head of the
archaeology team of Lafourak, Mehdi Abedini, are
in this regard completely different from the other
ones found elsewhere in the site which were used
in kitchens and households and were made with
“The new discovery shows that the residents of
the area had specific burial rituals which led
them to create handmade potteries to offer to
their dead,” explained Moradi.
The artifacts are well baked and despite
fingerprints seen on them, they are well glazed.
They also include horizontal and vertical designs.
To find out more on the burial rituals of the
area, more excavations should be carried out and
the discovered pottery are to be compared with the
ones found in other northern areas of Iran. So
far, similarities have been identified between the
Lafourak pottery and the ones found in Kharand
graveyard of the central province of Semnan.