(CAIS) -- Studies on 140 artifacts unearthed at the
historical site of Sangtarashan, Lorestan province have
validated the archeologists’ beliefs that the region was
not a cemetery at all.
According the ISNA, the first round of excavation at
Sangtarashan, a site dating back to the Third Iron Age
which contains 2,550-2,850 year-old artifacts, began in
late December. Operations were suspended after ten days
due to snow and rain.
Director of the excavation team for Sangtarashan, Mehrdad
Malekzadeh said that some 140 artifacts including 120
admiralty-metal items and 20 pieces of potteries were
unearthed during 10 days of explorations in the area.
“The abundance of admiralty-metal objects in the region
discounts the theory that the area was once a cemetery,“
The archeologist further said that some arrangements made
by the provincial Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department
including stationing an armed guards as well as local
sentries who are protecting the region day and night will
hopefully prevent any damage to the site.
Following various reports of illegal excavations,
Sangtarashan cultural site underwent an urgent
exploration, Malekzadeh said.
The excavation team maintains that the area was most
likely a sacred place because no sign of cemetery or
settlement was found there, he concluded.