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Skeletons of Pre-Historic Children to be Examined in Britain

 

05 May 2006

 

 

 

LONDON, (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 Center.

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,” added Forouzanfar.

 

 

 

 

 

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