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Traces of Caste System in Iron Age Talesh


19 August 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Latest excavations in the Kuramal Merian historic site in Talesh, Gilan province, confirmed the existence of a social caste system in this Iron Age II (1000-586 BCE) region.

Director of the excavation team, Mohammad Reza Khalatbari added that the graves discovered in the region, the way they had been arranged and the objects unearthed from them shed more light on the lifestyle of people inhabiting the region, indicating that a social class system dominated the society which existed here some 3,000 years ago.

Director of Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization’s Archeological Research Center told ISNA Persian Service that potteries, brass objects and armaments such as arrowheads and daggers as well as jewelries buried inside the graves signify that the Iron Age people believed in life after death.

Pointing to the livelihood of inhabitants, he said the excavations in mountainous and wooded areas bear evidence that those people relied on livestock breeding for their sustenance.

He continued, “These people have perhaps had a migratory lifestyle building their dwellings from light materials such as timber. Their places of abode have been ruined over time so no information is available about their architectural styles.“

Archeological excavations over the past decade denote that Merian has been a seat of government in the Kadous territory (present Talesh) in the Iron Age.

The historic Merian site was first discovered by French archeologist Jacques de Morgan during 1899-1901.Extended over 300 hectares, it boasts several historic and pre-historic cemeteries.







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Extracted From/Source: Iran Daily

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