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Plunderers Strike Roudan Cemetery

 

01 May 2006

 

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- Illegal diggers have excavated all the graves in the prehistoric Roudan Cemetery, Hormuzgan province, plundering or destroying the artefacts at the site.


Announcing this, Siamak Sarlak, an archaeologist, told ISNA Persian service that the cemetery, which is one of the unique historical sites from the prehistoric era, has been totally destroyed due to illegal excavations.


Head of National Museum’s Prehistoric Section said that some 180 artefacts were identified during two rounds of excavations, conducted for the first time in Minab and Roudan region after 1979.


The artefacts, dating back from 5,000 years ago and up to the Qajar era, have suffered damages ranging from 10 to 100 percent, he noted.


Most of the damages were inflicted by smugglers from neighbouring provinces whereas the locals are interested in preserving their local cultural and historical identity, he said.

 

 

 

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