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Scientists Conduct DNA Tests at Kharand



03 September 2005


A 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 people’s lifestyle.

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 the bodies.