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CAIS ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS OF IRANIAN WORLD©

 

Traces of Early Settlements in Shahr-e Yeri & Marlik

 

21 May 2006

 

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- Two archaeological sites of Shahr-e Yeri near Pirazman village of Meshgin-Shahr, in Ardabil province and Marlik Hill in Gilan were once settled by humans either simultaneously or with a slight time difference, an archaeologist said.


Asghar Nemati who works for Meshgin-Shahr Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department told ILNA that tombs in different sizes as well as earthenware excavated from the two sites bear evidence that they were once residential areas.


Elaborating further, he said, “As evidenced by excavation of graves in Marlik and Shahr-e Yeri, the bodies were buried with special ceremonies and rituals and in compliance with religious beliefs. However, the majority of tombs are empty of skeletons due to illegal excavations at the sites.“


He further added no written documents and manuscripts similar to those found at Marlik Hill were unearthed in Shahr-e Yeri.

“As it seems, the Shahr-e Yeris might have been one of earliest inhabitants of Iran,“ he concluded.


Shahr-e Yeri stretched across 400 hectares which houses several small hills, one castle, two caves and close to 300 rock tombs.


The tombs have been built into the rock hill in various sizes depending on their location. As per their religious beliefs, those people used to bury valuable objects such as jewelry, silver, gold, brass, earthenware and weapons along with their dead.


 

 

 

 

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