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Sasanid Cemeteries Discovered in Hormozgan
25 April 2006
(CAIS) -- Discovery of three vast Sasanid cemeteries
in Bastak historical site in Hormozgan province faced archaeologists with new dilemma
about different burial methods in pre-Islamic Iran.
most of the burials used to be done in the mountains and cliffs during the
pre-Islamic especially the Sasanid era, earth burials are used in these new
discovered cemeteries which also date back to the Sasanid era. Considering that
this new burial method is in odds with other methods used during the ancient
times, archaeologists are trying to learn more about the tradition of the people
during that time.
“Discovery of these three Sasanid cemeteries is one of our most important
achievements during this season of excavation. Prior to this, such similar
method of earth burial was discovered in Fars province in area no. 88 of Bolaghi
Gorge and also in Rahmat Mountain in Persepolis. Based on the evidence such as
the surface clays and the method of construction of these graves, the cemeteries
most probably belonged to early Sasanid era. Each of these cemeteries covers an
area of 15 hectares,” said Ali Asadi, head of archaeological team in Bastak
Asadi believes the existence of pre-Islamic cemeteries with this method of
burial in Bastak is very interesting and somehow surprising. “Considering that
mountain and cliff burials were the most prevalent burial methods during the Sasanid
dynastic era, the question is that if these cemeteries also belong to the same
period of time, why was a different method used here?” added Asadi.
The city of Bastak is located in a mountainous region in the southern province
of Hormozgan in Iran. The fact that the city is located in a mountainous area
makes matters more complicated.
Considering the close distance of Bastak to Fars and Kerman provinces, archaeologists
are looking for the traces of Halil Rud and Fars civilizations in this area
which might have migrated to this area and changed the culture and tradition of
the locals. On the other hand, since from the ancient times, Hormozgan province
had trade relations with the Persian Gulf regional countries, they are also
looking for the possible influence of the culture of these countries on the
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