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