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Importance of Sangtarashan Brass Discovery Highlighted


17 June 2006



Sang-Tarashan_artefacts1.jpg (110174 bytes)LONDON, (CAIS) -- Tens of brass objects earlier found at Khorramabad's Sangtarashan (Sangtarâshân) area, northwest of Lorestan province, will open a new chapter into the history of domestic brass arts.

Mehrdad Malekzadeh in charge of the archaeological excavations team further opined, These ancient objects are valuable antiques and should be kept at Iran National Museum.

Malekzadeh told ISNA Persian Service that Lorestan Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department intends to put on display about 400 objects excavated from Sangtarashan site at the provinces archaeological museum to be launched in Dež-Bār (Falak-ol Aflak) fortress.

But some of the ancient items should find their way into Iran National Museum, he reiterated.

Terming the brass objects as unique, Malekzadeh added that even small pieces of brass objects bear valuable motifs.
Meanwhile, the official stated that two iron swords with bone sheaths had been discovered at Sangtarashan area.

They were so worn-out that could not be detached from the soil and were therefore sent to the departments restoration laboratory containing some of their surrounding soil.

On results of three seasons of excavations at the 400 sq.m. site, the archaeologist explained, The examinations have so far fallen short of clarifying the usage of the site. So far, no traces of ancient cemetery or architecture have been found there.

These facts strengthen the proposition that Sangtarashan was a holy place, the expert observed.

Malekzadeh expressed hope that further archaeological studies would help provide additional proof.

Putting the budget required for the fourth seasons of excavations at 300 million rials, the official said the operations would resume as soon as the amount is disbursed.

The third season of excavations started on April 4 at the Iron-Age Sangtarashan historic site and wrapped up on May 31




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