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Burial Gifts found in Post-Sasanain Era Graves in Savadkuh




03 September 2005


A team of archaeologists currently working at the historical site of Lafor in Savadkuh of Mazandaran Province, discovered a cemetery named Aheh, dating back to the early Post-Sasanian era, head of the team announced on Saturday.


Mehdi Abedini said that several gifts or personal belongings were found inside the graves near the buried ones.


The interesting point is that the bodies belong to the 9th or 10th century and were buried with several gifts, though burying gifts were against Islamic beliefs.


“The corpses were aligned toward south and the gifts are rings and decorative beads made of glass,” he noted.


According to Abedini, this burial tradition was performed before the advent of Islam in Iran and was practiced in the early Islamic era as well.


The graves indicate the intermediary era before Islam to the Islamic era. According to the historical documents, regional people of Lafor made to convert to Islam from Zoroastrianism after years of war and fighting with Arab invaders. The graves show that the inhabitants were the newly converted Muslims who practiced some of their customs for several years.


Excavations at the site must be carried out at a hurried pace because the cemetery and village of Laforak, as well as eleven other villages, will be devoured by the reservoir of the Alborz Dam when water-filling of the dam takes place next year.