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CAIS ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS


 

Archaeological Studies Underway at Shoghab Historical Site

 

 

26 September 2005

 

 

 

Archeological studies are underway at Shoghab/Shaghab historical site in Bushehr province to determine the boundaries of an ancient cemetery which was registered as a national cultural heritage in 1998.


According to CHN, studies are taking place at the request of a company which plans to build a hotel in the area pending the approval of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization.


An archeologist and head of an expert investigation team Ali Akbar Sarfaraz said that graves are scattered over an area of 10 hectares. The burials took place in different periods of time.


He said that no architectural structure has yet been unearthed from the historical site.


“Archeological items uncovered from the historical sites help reveal the secrets of the past. The area is regarded as a significant historical site and a major venue for archeological studies.“


Archeologist and head of the excavation team Mehdi Rahbar said that the site is of great significance and potentially rich for archeological studies.
He said that the stone graves unearthed at the site are similar to those found in Siraf.


“Zoroastrian regarded soil as pure and they buried the dead in stone graves to avoid spoiling the soil. They used to keep the bones in urns,“ Rahbar said.


Shoghab Cemetery, which is three kilometers south of Bushehr, has also revealed artifacts from the Ashkanid and Sassanid eras.

 

 

 

 

 

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