skeletons were found without heads, feet, and hands in the cemetery
of Tul Talesh, which covers an area of 350 hectares. Located 140
kilometers northwest of Rasht in Gilan Province, the cemetery is one
of Iran’s unique ancient burial grounds. Tul Talesh dates back to
circa 1000 BC.
a section of the cemetery, we discovered some skeletons buried with
military equipment, including daggers and arrowheads; however, some
of their body parts, such as heads, feet, and hands, are missing.
The skeletons were found in graves of simple structure, unlike some
other megalithic graves that had previously been found at the site.
In addition, there are fewer artifacts buried with the bodies in
comparison with the belongings found in the megalithic graves. The
lower number of artifacts shows that the skeletons belong to persons
of a lower class,” the director of the archaeological team working
at the site said.
cannot talk with certitude in archaeology; we are only able to
rebuild some parts of the history in this way. Thus, the evidence
points toward the fact that the people buried in the graves were
probably dismembered in war,” Mohammadreza Khalatbari added.
surmise that the bodies belong to a number of warriors killed in war
and were buried based on a ritual common to the period. The
inhabitants living in the region were neighbors of the Mannai
kingdom and the powerful Urartu Empire,” he explained.
have not been able to determine the ethnicity of Tul Talesh’s
inhabitants so far.
announced on Monday that his team has unearthed skeletons of a man
with military equipment and a woman wearing ornaments from a dolmen
at Tul Talesh.
addition, archaeologists recently discovered a cemetery dedicated
solely to horses at the site.
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.