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CAIS ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS©


 

An Achaemenid Golden Codex Recovered from Smugglers

 

 

11 October 2005

 

 

 

24 pieces of [supposedly] historical artefacts were recovered from smugglers in the “bāgh-e Feyz” district of the Greater Tehran, according to Colonel Alireza Aqshat of Tehran Police, the Persian service of ISNA reported on Tuesday, October 10.

 

The recovered artefacts [claimed by Police], belong to middle of 1st millennium BCE to Achaemenid period.

 

The most significant artefact in this recovery operation is an eight-page codex made of Golden sheets inscribed in cuneiform. This is one of the most unique objects [allegedly] from the Achaemenid era, since is in a codex format.

 

Other objects such as a golden statue of an ibex, one necklace decorated with seven crescent beaded-tassels, a golden bracelet decorated with rectangular and triangular shapes, a golden bracelet with no decoration, 16 golden earrings, three strings of beads made of precious stones in various shapes and colours, two stone spindle-heads, two little-bells, seven bracelets and two rings made of bronze, two bronze objects in the shape of skeleton, bronze arrow and spear heads, one creature statute made of bronze and a turtle stone statute, 5 bronze buttons, one copper and four bronze coins, two silver rods and one silver hawkbell.

 

A farmer from Rudbār also arrested, who claimed to be the finder of these items, during the plough. The items were sold to smugglers, and were headed for international markets.

 

Tehran police will surrender the artefacts to ICHTO after completing their investigations.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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