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Research on Deformed Skulls of Burnt City to be Carried Out


News Category: Prehistory

 17 November 2005



Numerous accounts of deformed skulls have been identified in the historical site of Burnt City, and for the first time ever they are to be studied by a joint team of experts from New Castle University and Iranian archaeologists.

Plagiocephaly is the new science of etiology, prevention, assessment, and correction of abnormal head shape and now for the first time ever Iran tends to carry out such examinations with cooperation of experts from New Castle University, England.

According to Farzad Forouzanfar, director of the anthropology center of ICHTO archaeology research center, several examples of misshaped skulls have been found in the site, but they have never been studied.

Burnt City is one of the key historical sites of Iran, located in the southeastern province of Sistan va Baluchestan, which has so far hosted 8 archaeological seasons after the Islamic Revolution of 1979, revealing the area to have functioned as an important trade center some 5000 years ago.

The joint team plans to review the studies carried out in the recent years with new methods of anthropological studies.

This is while the team already working there is not receiving sufficient equipment and facilities to continue its activities on the site.


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