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Discovery of Ancient Armaments in Ardabil
09 May 2006
(CAIS) -- Widening the road of Gilvan village in
Ardabil province led to accidental discovery of some ancient graves and
historical relics. Soon after this discovery, a group of experts from Iran’s Archaeology
Research Centre were deployed to this region to examine these relics.
After the archaeologists have arrived in the area, they started their
excavations which resulted in the discovery of large numbers of historical
artefacts including three gold coated metal daggers, 25 clay pieces, ornamental
beads, and metal armaments.
“For the time all construction activities have been stopped in the area to
bring it under strict protection until the Archaeology Research Centre decides
wants to do with this historic site,” Yahya Naghizadeh, head of the Cultural
Heritage Police Department of Ardabil province to CHN..
Considering that the raining season has already started in the area, Naghizadeh
believes that the rainfall might in fact cause serious damage to this historical
site, and therefore it is necessary to take an action within a shortest time.
“After visiting the site, the expert team will prepare a report on the
situation of this historical site and then the final decision will be made by
the Archaeology Research Centre,” explained Karim Alizadeh, head of the
dispatched team to Gilvan historical site.
Based on the historical evidence unearthed so far in this site, archaeologists
believe that the history of Gilvan goes back to at least first millennium BCE.
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