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of Pre-Historic Children to be Examined in Britain
05 May 2006
(CAIS) -- In a joint project, experts of Iran’s
Archeological Research Center and the archeo-anthropology department of
University of New Castle in Britain will study in detail the skeletons of the
children belonging to the pre-historic periods which have been unearthed in
different archeological sites of during the past few years.
“Discovery of a large number of skeletons of children during archeological
excavations in different sites of Iran indicates the high rate of child death
during the pre-historic periods. Considering the importance of these
archeological discoveries, we decided to examine them in more detail and to
study their pathology in order to determine the reasons for their early death.
Therefore, Iran’s Archeology Research Center corresponded with the University
of New Castle in Britain to perform a joint study with the archeo-anthropology
department of this university on the skeletons of the children which have been
discovered so far. These studies would result in discovery of the condition of
their growth, nourishment, and the reasons for their death,” said Farzad
Forouzanfar, head of the anthropology department of Iran’s Archeology Research
Most of these skeletons were unearthed in the pre-historic site of Burnt City in
Sistan va Baluchestan province. Recent archeological excavations revealed the
skeletons of 11 children and a large number of embryos in this historical site.
According to Forouzanfar, aside from the skeletons found earlier, some skeletons
of children have recently been discovered in Qoli Darvish historical site in Qom
province which can be added to the list. “Discovery of a jar burial in the
floor of one of the houses belonging to the third millennium BC shows that we
should expect more similar methods of burials in this pre-historical site,”
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