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Archaeologists: Sangtarashan Site Not a Cemetery


20 January 2006



LONDON, (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,“ he noted.

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.




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