an area of 350 hectares, the cemetery of Tul
Talesh is located 140 kilometers northwest of
Rasht in Gilan Province. It is one of Iran’s
unique ancient burial grounds, dating back to
circa 1000 BC.
the method employed, smugglers dig a tunnel
connecting several graves with each other and loot
contents of the graves through the passageway
which has one camouflaged opening.
to the use of the new method, it is difficult to
accurately determine the number of illegal
excavations carried out at the site, the director
of the archaeological team working at the site
the new method, you find only one hole, but the
depth of the catastrophe is revealed when the
surrounding area is excavated. Every tunnel leads
to five or ten graves,” Mohammadreza Khalatbari
into the graves takes smugglers several days.
Therefore, they camouflage the opening until they
plunder the graves.
are dealing with a number of professional
smugglers at this site. To stop or arrest them
requires a permanent presence of police in the
region,” Khalatbari said.
of the graves is a page of our history. Since the
smugglers only think about looting the contents of
the graves, they destroy all other things and
spoil any opportunity to conduct studies on the
graves,” he lamented.
of a man with military equipment and a woman
wearing ornaments were unearthed from a dolmen at
Tul Talesh. Archaeologists have also discovered a
great number of skeletons at the site, which are
believed to be the remains of warriors who were
dismembered and killed in a battle.
addition, they recently discovered a cemetery
dedicated solely to horses in the area.