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.
Abedini said that several gifts or personal belongings were found inside
the graves near the buried ones.
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.
corpses were aligned toward south and the gifts are rings and decorative
beads made of glass,” he noted.
to Abedini, this burial tradition was performed before the advent
of Islam in Iran and was practiced in the early Islamic era as well.
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According to the historical documents, regional people of Lafor made to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.
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