The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
LONDON, (CAIS) -- The skeleton of a 5000-year-old child wrapped in a winding sheet was discovered at the foot of a wall in the Taleb Khan (tāleb-xān) Mound, which is located near the Burnt City (Shaahr-e Sukhtә) in Sistan va Baluchestan Province.
skeleton was discovered in a room of a house, while remnants of a white cloth
were found around it. The cloth shows that the child had been shrouded before
burial,” Mehdi Miri, the director of the archaeological team working at the
site, said on Tuesday.
was common for children to be buried at home during prehistoric eras, but what
astounds the archaeologists is that the Taleb Khan Mound is located a short
distance from the Burnt City and was one of the city’s satellite villages, but
the Burnt City has a cemetery separate from the urban area while the Taleb Khan
site has burials in its residential area,” he explained.
skeleton of the child, whose milk teeth still remain, has been sent to the Burnt
City Research Centre and a team of experts is carrying out botanical studies on
pieces of the cloth at Zabol University.
archaeologists discovered a similar burial at the site two years ago, but it had
deteriorated and very little was left.
team has also discovered many pottery works as well as several slings and grey
dishes bearing motifs similar to those on the dishes discovered at the Jiroft
ancient site in Kerman Province.
ovens for baking bread, which date back to about 2000 BCE, are some of the other
important finds made at the Taleb Khan Mound.
of the artifacts discovered at the Taleb Khan Mound date back to about 2800 BCE,
but the most significant fact about the site is that the settlement remained
inhabited even after the Burnt City was abandoned.
an area of 180 hectares, the Burnt City was built circa 3200 BCE and destroyed
some time around 2100 BCE.
had four stages of civilization and was burnt down three times. Since it was not
rebuilt after the last time it was burnt down, it has been named the Burnt City.
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