The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
LONDON, (CAIS) -- A team of Iranian archaeologists recently discovered a pottery work bearing an engraved image of a naked man at the 5000-year-old Espidej (Espīdež - White Castle) cemetery, the Persian service of CHN reported on Sunday.
pottery work was made of red earth, and the potter engraved the shape with a
tool similar to a thin reed while it was still wet,” said Mohammad Heydari,
the director of the team working at the site.
is the second time that archaeologists working at the site have discovered an
artifact bearing a human motif. The first one was a bas-relief of a dancing man
and woman unearthed in 2003. All of the other artifacts found at the site bear
animal or geometrical shapes.
images of the man and the woman are bas-reliefs, but the naked man has been
created through chasing on the pottery,” Heydari explained.
Located 25 kilometers from Zabol in Iran’s southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, the Espidej cemetery is regularly looted by smugglers.
The region is somewhat
inaccessible, thus no security measures have been taken for the Espidej site.
Experts say every two days, five graves on average are looted by smugglers.
October 2005, a team of Iranian archaeologists excavating the 3000-year-old site
of Rabat near the town of Sardasht in Iran's West Azarbaijan Province unearthed
two bricks bearing bas-reliefs of naked winged goddesses.
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