weapon has been found buried with the bodies in
the graves in the late Iron Age cemetery. This
fact indicates that the people lived in peace
during that time,” Mehdi Abedini added.
bodies in the cemetery were covered with a layer
of special earthenware. Such a style of burial has
never been seen in any other Iron Age site in
their dead with their weapons was a custom for
Iron Age people in Iran.
lack of weapons in graves has also been observed
at other Iranian Iron Age sites, thus the
archaeologists believe that the inhabitants of the
site also lived in tranquility.
the other hand, the custom may have been abolished
during the late Iron Age, but the first
presumption is stronger,” Abedini said.
archaeologists have also excavated three graves
containing three skeletons with dolichocephalic
have surmised that the three people belonged to a
non-indigenous nation, since the inhabitants of
Mazandaran at that time were a round-headed
no other examples of skeletons with
dolichocephalic skulls have been found in the
region, it is believed that the ethnic group of
the three people probably either left the Iranian
plateau or immigrated to other regions of Iran.
at the site will have to be carried out at a
hurried pace because the cemetery and village of
Lafurak, as well as eleven other villages, will be
submerged under the mud and water of the Alborz
Dam when it becomes operational.