– The 25-centimeter dwarf near Shahdad city of
Kerman province and the rumors of the existence of
an ancient dwarf city in Kerman province has
brought a lot of questions to archaeologists and
caused great sensations among the public.
Kerman’s Police Department and the provincial
office of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Organization (ICHTO) have asked for the
clarification of the situation of the discovered
mummified corpse in Shahdad to settle the issue as
soon as possible.
Two months ago, illegal excavations in the
historical fortress of Gudiz in Kerman province
near Shahdad city, which dates back to the
Sassanid era, led to the discovery of a
25-centimeter corpse known as the “mummified
dwarf” facing archaeologists with a mystery
Forensic studies have not been able to determine
the sexuality and the exact age of the corpse at
the time of its death so far.
“Regarding the rumors and the sensitivity of the
issue of the existence of an ancient dwarf city in
Kerman province, the Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Organization of Kerman has asked for more
anthropological studies to end the rumors,” says
Hossein Rashidzadeh, an official with the Cultural
Heritage and Tourism Organization of Kerman.
Regarding the fact that no mummies have been found
in Iran from any historical periods, ICHTO
archaeologists have denied the corpse being a
mummified one. On the other hand, the Organization
anthropologists believe that that the corpse may
have been mummified under natural processes.
Police Department of Kerman province has arrested
two smugglers with regard to this corpse; the
smugglers wanted to sell the mummy for about more
than 3 million U.S. dollars in Germany.
The corpse which is 20 to 25 centimeters high has
remained quiet intact during excavations. It is
estimated that the dwarf should have been 16-17
years old at the time of death.