The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
LONDON, (CAIS) -- An Iron Age cemetery in southern Tehran Province has been severely damaged by smugglers, the Persian service of CHN reported on Wednesday.
cemetery at Pardis Tepe near Varamin was excavated by a team of archaeologists
due to the lack of any measures to safeguard the site, the Iron Age graves
discovered during the excavations have been demolished by unknown persons and
have been obliterated forever from Iran’s ancient history,” said Hassan
Fazeli Nashli, the head of the team that excavated the site.
human bones and artifacts discovered during the excavations have been scattered
on the ground at the site.
lot of time and money were spent on the excavation and research, but many graves
from the Iron Age -- an important period in archaeological studies -- have been
demolished. For example, it took twenty days of hard work to excavate a grave
containing an Iron Age couple, but the grave has been destroyed and the
skeletons have been irrevocably damaged,” he explained.
said that the Varamin Governor’s Office and the local police were responsible
for guarding the site, adding, “As an expert, I have carried out my duties at
the site… Officials and the people should have protected the site.”
Governor Hamid Nik-Hemmat expressed regret over what happened and ordered all
relevant organizations to make efforts to increase the level of security at
Varamin cultural heritage sites.
excavations rarely occur at Varamin’s ancient sites. However, very serious
measures will soon be taken to prevent such events from recurring in the city
because it is one of the history- making cities of Iran near Tehran which must
protect its cultural status,” he said.
to Nik-Hemmat, the police are investigating the case in order to arrest the
Tepe also contains sites dating back to the sixth and fifth millennia BCE.
Several pottery kilns, a potter’s wheel, a spindle, and many grey shards have
been discovered at the site during previous excavations.
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