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of Caste System in Iron Age Talesh
19 August 2006
(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
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
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
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