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.CAIS ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS OF IRANIAN WORLD©

 

Discovery of Sasanid Graves, an Archaeological Surprise

 

04 April 2006

 

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- Discovery of graves of Sasanid princes in Gor (Ardeshir Khurreh), a suburban town of Firouzabad in Fars province, has surprised archaeologists.


The graves hold tub-like coffins with paintings of Sasanid princes.


The Persian daily Jaam-e Jam reported that evidence indicates the number of coffins is more than those unearthed, but since the excavation season has ended, the site is being guarded by Iran’s Cultural Heritage Organization.


Head of the excavation team, Leili Niakan, told CHN that in order to explore layers of the ground, a well dug at the beginning of the Post-Sasanid era was cleared and archaeologists came across surfaces with designs and a carved part of the well which led to the graves of Sasanid princes.


She added, the graves are 180 cm deep in the ground and four coffins were found, of which two were placed in a symmetrical manner.


Niakan said similar coffins have not been found in any excavated grave, noting that some parts of the coffins were damaged due to humidity and other factors.


“Neither bones nor offerings were found inside the coffins and pieces of bones were discovered in some parts of the coffins, which will be forwarded to Cambridge University for further studies,“ she said.

 

 

 

 

 

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