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Graves of Hamadan Await Excavations
21 April 2006
(CAIS) -- Scattered human bones from graves belonging
to the Iron Age found in the vicinity of the Ecbatan Dam in Hamadan Province
give clues to a possible graveyard behind this dam. To find this cemetery, which
is estimated to date back to second millennium BC, archeologists are to carry
out excavations in the area.
“Considering the scattered evidence in the vicinity of the dam, we are
expecting our excavations to result in finding a cemetery belonging to the Iron
Age there,” said Abbas Motarjem, head of the excavation team at Ecbatan Dam.
According to Motarjem, besides the bone fragments found in the area, there have
also been several reports on discovery of a number of pottery behind the dam
which go back to the same period of time.
As regards to the dam itself and the possible hazards its flooding might pose to
the ancient site which lies just behind it, Motarjem explained, “Since this
dam is supposed to be inaugurated this year, we must start our excavations as
soon as possible.”
“Although the permission to conduct archeological excavations in this area was
issued from Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) last
February, we did not start excavations right away as we were waiting for the
raining season to end since raining while the excavation is in progress would
cause serious damage to the discovered historic relics and would ruin this
ancient site. But now that the raining season is over, we are ready to start the
process,” said Motarjem, adding that the only reason they are still waiting to
begin is the budget which was supposed to be given to the team of archeologists
from authorities of Hamadan’s Water Supply Organization which was never
“Considering the more appropriate weather condition and also ICHTO’s
financial supports, we are going to begin excavations behind the Ecbatan Dam
from next week,” concluded Motarjem.
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