is holding a 26-centimeter dagger and appears to be making
a forward thrust. The evidence shows that he was
originally buried in this pose,” the director of the
team, Ali Mahforuzi, said.
is the first burial in this style ever discovered in
The archaeologists have not yet been able to determine why
the man was buried in such a position.
the skeleton, a number of dishes have also been found
which seem to have been presented to the warrior. One of
the dishes has some holes in it containing the remains of
coal. Archaeologists had discovered such dishes before,
but they could not determine their practical application;
but the traces of coal indicate that the dish has been
used for burning agalloch or other types of incense. The
skeleton was also wearing a beautiful coiled shell
necklace,” Mahforuzi explained.
an area of 40 hectares, Gohar-Tappeh is located near the
town of Behshahr. Ruins and other artifacts unearthed in
the region indicate that the site dates back to the Iron
Age, but further study is required to determine its
specific period during the Iron Age.
believe that the large extent of the site implies that the
region had been very developed in trade and competed with
September 27, Mahforuzi announced that his team had
discovered a number of bull statuettes, although most were
broken into pieces. Afterwards they unearthed a skeleton
of a child and a bronze pendant with a bull-horn motif at
team has recently discovered an unidentified artifact in a
grave beside a skeleton, which some prominent musicians of
Mazandaran believe looks like a clarinet. If the
archaeologists can prove that the artifact is a musical
instrument, the 3,000-year-old relic would be the oldest
musical instrument ever discovered in the region.
is one of Iran’s archaeological poles. Studies show that
the region has been inhabited for over 400,000 years.
Urbanization is thought to have developed in the region
some time around 3,000 BC, and the new findings at
Gohar-Tappeh provide further evidence for this theory. The
excavations, which aim to determine the style of
urbanization of the site, will continue until late