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official said smugglers of antiquities are
carrying out illegal excavations in Mazandaran
province for precious artifacts.
The province has a 3,500-year civilization and
smugglers are digging in graveyards dating back to
the Iron Age, CHN also reported on Tuesday.
Ali Mahforouzi, head of the Mazandaran bureau of
Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Organization, said the antiquities being smuggled
from the province are dating back to 3,500 years.
He added that smugglers have targeted Iron-Age
graveyards to unearth ornaments, metal antiques,
earrings and bracelets.
“The extent of digging is very surprising.
Smugglers have dug about 1,500 holes in every
1,000 square-meter area. They have dug nearly
100,000 holes in the historical sites of
Mazandaran province,“ he said.
“Since they are not expert, at times they break
potteries found in graves during excavations at
Mahforouzi called on the police to stop illegal
digging in the historical sites of the province.