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Remains of an Ancient Warrior with his Partner Discovered from Tul-Talesh Cemetery



10 October 2005


(CAIS) – Archaeologists working in Tul-Talesh archaeological site, after opening of an ancient dolmen, have discovered a male and female skeletons, covered with armaments and jewellery. The evidence indicates that the grave belonged to an ancient warrior and his partner, the head of excavation, Mohammad-Reza Khal’atbari announced today.


According to Khal’atbari “the discovered burial, could be belong to a military man, since the grave contain various weapons such as dagger, sword and a lance. Also, the grave contains many costume jewellery, including a bronze mirror, decorative beads, necklace, bracelets and earrings, which is indicative of their high status”.


However, discovery of this grave indicates that in ancient time the members of armed forces were enjoying a high status in their society. Also, presence of worn ornaments by the woman, and discovery of buttons around her skeleton, caused archaeologists to conclude that in ancient times the dead people were buried dressed in that region”, Khal’atbari says.


 “Burying both at the same time shows that they were involved in some sort of accident, to be buried together” Khal’atbari added.


Iranian archaeologists last year also have discovered a burial in the same area, did contain few skeletons, which indicated that they were members of same family buried together. In that burial at the top of the grave they have found a skeleton of a woman, with a golden rhyton and a cuneiform inscription that was placed next to her body.


There are many “kalān sangi” (megalithic) burials were made for persons of a higher class with large pieces of stone weighing over two tons.

The 350 hectares’ Tul-Talesh cemetery located 140 kilometers northwest of Rasht dated and back to 1000 BCE is one of the most unique archaeological sites in the Iran. 


In addition, archaeologists recently discovered a cemetery dedicated solely to horses at Tul Talesh.


Last year, they also discovered a cromlech at the site in which members of a family had been buried. The body of a woman with a golden goblet and a cuneiform inscription had been buried in the upper part of the cromlech.


Experts have not been able to determine the ethnicity of the region’s inhabitants so far. Nonetheless, there is a strong possibility that they were of Indo-European stock, due to discovery of a sacred cows an a bull-horned necklace in two different graves. Reverencing cow was practiced among ancient Indo-Europeans.  




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