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LONDON, (CAIS) -- The Iranian Center for Archaeological Research (ICAR) has asked Britain’s University of Newcastle to collaborate on a project to study all the skeletons of children discovered at Iran’s prehistoric sites, the Persian service of CHN reported on Friday.
plans to conduct anthropological and pathological studies on the skeletons.
pathological studies will determine the quality of growth, nutrition, and the
causes of death. We have written some letters to the University of Newcastle
inviting them to participate in the project, which will examine the skeletons of
all the children discovered at Iranian prehistoric sites,” ICAR Anthropology
Department director Farzad Foruzanfar said.
prehistoric children’s skeletons have been one of the most important findings
of archaeologists over the past few years. Children’s skeletons have been
frequently seen at some of the sites, and this shows that there was a high death
rate during the prehistoric periods,” he added.
of the skeletons have been discovered at the 5,200-year-old Burnt City (Shahr-e
Sukhteh), near Zabol in southeastern Iran. Archaeologists found 11 children’s
skeletons and the remains of many fetuses during the last phase of excavations
carried out at the site last year.
Darvish has recently been added to the list of Iran’s prehistoric sites. The
site is expected to contain skeletons of children from these eras. The discovery
of a pot burial in a house dating back to the third millennium BCE reminds us
that we should anticipate seeing such burials at the site,” Foruzanfar said.
Darvish Tepe, which is located near Qom, has been seriously damaged by
construction of the Qom-Jamkaran Highway over the past decade, such that only
ten percent of the ancient site remains intact. The tepe once covered 50
hectares and was 30 meters in height, but now it is 6 meters in height and only
10 hectares of the site remain untouched. There is evidence that Qoli Darvish
was inhabited from the fourth millennium BCE to the ninth century CE.
Kirsi Lorentz, a Lecturer in Environmental Archaeology from the University of
Newcastle, has worked with Iranian archaeologists at the 3,000-year-old cemetery
of Kharand in Iran’s northeastern province of Semnan and at the Burnt City.
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