The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- Anthropological studies on the remaining
skeleton of a child, found recently wrapped in a white garment in the historic
site of Taleb Khan Tepe, revealed the cause of his death to be lack of Vitamin
this news, Farzad Forouzanfar, director of the Anthropology Department of
Iran’s Archaeology Research Centre, said that the child was five years old at
the time of death and suffered from severe anaemia as a result of Vitamin B12
disease is caused by lack of Vitamin B12 which ultimately results in disorder of
blood platelet function and decrease of red and white globules,” explained
Forouzanfar, adding that evidence pointing to the cause of death can still be
traced on the child’s skull.
new discovery was made during the third season of archaeological excavations in
Taleb Khan Tepe, a historic site close to the famous Burnt City, southeast Iran.
The skeleton of the child, whose milk teeth have still remained, was found in a
supine position at the foot of a wall, buried 120 centimetres below the ground
Discovery of the skeleton of this child, which according to latest dating belongs to the second millennium BCE, shows that life continued in Taleb Khan Tepe even after the nearby historic Burnt City was abandoned by its inhabitants.
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