team of archaeologists working currently on the
historical sites of Gilan Province discovered the
remains of two cemeteries, head of the team
announced on Tuesday.
Baqerian said that archaeologists working on the gas pipeline of the
National Iranian Gas Company (NIGC) in the regions of Barrehsar, Jirandeh
and Deylaman found the two cemeteries in the villages of Khaskul and
of the nine graves disclosed, six belonged to children under the age of
fifteen. The children were buried in a squatting position along with
several burial gifts. The cause of death is not certain yet,” he said,
adding that, “Most of the graves at the Chareh Cemetery were bearing the
corpses of the youth aged 20 to 30.”
cemeteries date back to the Achaemenid era, but the burial gifts inside
the graves were different. “The gifts found inside the graves of the
Chareh Cemetery were warfare tools such as swords and daggers, while in
the Khaskul Cemetery only shards were found.”
expert believes that illegal excavations in the region have ruined several
graves, causing difficulties for the archaeologists in their excavations.
National Iranian Gas Company is to continue work at the site under the
supervision of officials of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Provincial
Department in order to avoid any additional damage.
contains many Iron Age sites and recently the first Neolithic site was
found in the province as well.