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in Ancient Times Had Their Own Cemetery in Talesh
breed; -The Caspian is extremely rare
and barely pulled back from the edge of extinction in 1965. It is now
being studied by leading archaeozoologists to prove the link between the
modern Caspian and the tiny prehistoric horse of Persia.
of the 3,000-year-old cemetery of horses came as a surprise for the Gilan's
"Tul Talesh" excavators. It was the first time ever that in a historical
cemetery a section has specific to burying of horses has been found.
Horses are one of the animals that have accompanied human beings from the
ancient times. This animal has been in the service of human beings in
different aspects of daily life, wars, and work, always a big help for
human beings. Therefore, its death was as mournful as the death of a close
“In the outskirts of the pre-historic Talesh cemetery, we surprisingly
encountered a space which was dedicated to burying horses. It was the
first time that such an area has been found in a historical site, which
has brought a lot of questions,” says Mohammadreza Khalatbari, head of
the Pre-historic Archaeology Research Center, and director of Gilan Tul Talesh
“There is no doubt that horses enjoyed a special place in the life of
human beings in all periods of history and pre-history, but the fact that
it was so respected by human beings that they dedicated the animals a
special space in the cemetery is one of the latest discoveries of
archaeologists,” says Khalatbari.
According to Khalatbari, during the previous archaeological excavations in
Calouraz and Shahdad some buried horses had been found as well, but the
difference is that they were buried along with their owners, and it is the
first time ever a special cemetery for horses has been discovered.
There is no exact information about the traditional ceremony of burying
horses in Tul Talesh so far, but archaeologists are determined to study
the matter further during the next seasons of excavations.
The exact area of the land used for the horse cemetery is not yet known,
but experts believe it to be some 2000-3000 square meters should have been
dedicated to burying horses.
Horses were always the in service of human beings, and since the region of
Tul Talesh is mountainous, horses were the most important animals of the
region and the people showed a lot of respect towards them in the ancient
times. Since Tul Talesh inhabitants lived in neighborhood to Mana and
Urartu civilizations, horses had a special place in their life.