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group of genetic specialists carried out DNA
examination on the remains of bodies unearthed
from Kharand graveyard, Semnan province to
determine the type of blood diseases which
inflicted the inhabitants of the city some 3,000
years ago, reported CHN.
Results of the examinations will help specialists
find out the life style of the people and how they
suffered anemia which they believe was prevalent
at the time.
“Two specialists from Iran Genetics Center have
undertaken studies at the historical site of
Kharand, Semnan province. They have planned to
carry DNA tests on bodies unearthed from the
ancient town’s graveyard to determine the race,
gender and types of diseases prevalent 3,000 years
ago including Thalasemia.
Kharand graveyard is one of the unique historical
sites of Iran with a history of 3,000 years. It is
located 51 km off from Semnan. Excavations at the
graveyard have led to useful information about
Head of the archeological team at Kharand
graveyard, Abdolmotaleb Sharifi cited history
books as saying that the inhabitants of the town
were migrants who had come from northern parts of
the Caspian Sea and Russia. They led a nomadic
life in Iran.
A genetic expert Dr. Hajiri has conducted DNA
tests on bodies unearthed from graveyard of Blue
Mosque in the same site to determine the gender of