a letter sent to the Bushehr Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department, we
have warned the department that every act of interference or ownership is
illegal at this site, and the establishment of tourism facilities must be
implemented by the expert committee of the Archaeology Department of the
Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization,” CHTO Archaeology Department
Director Jalil Golshan told CHN.
hotel is being constructed by the private sector.
on the National Heritage List in 1998, the Shoghab site is located three
kilometers south of Bushehr and includes ruins from the Parthian and
Sassanid eras. The site has the only Zoroastrian cemetery in the country,
which sheds light on the style of Zoroastrian burials during ancient
stone graves of the cemetery contain no remains of bodies because burials
were not common among Zoroastrians. But a number of earthenware ossuaries
have been discovered at the site. The ancient Zoroastrians believed that
the earth was pure, so they did not bury the dead in order to prevent the
pollution of the earth. Instead, they placed the dead in stone graves or
towers of silence. After the bodies decomposed over time, the remains were
kept in earthenware ossuaries.