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of an Ivory Scabbard in Lorestan
25 May 2006
(CAIS) -- Discovery of a scabbard made of ivory was
one of the most important finds during the third season of excavations in newly
discovered site of Sangtarashan in Lorestan province. This is the first time an
Iron Age ivory scabbard has ever been discovered in this area.
“The third season of excavations led to discovery of two iron swords and an
iron axe. What makes these swords unique among all the other discoveries in this
historical site so far is that there is a thin layer of decorative bone, most
probably ivory, between these two swords. It is believed that this layer is the
remains of the scabbard of one of these swords. It is the first time an ivory
scabbard has been discovered in Lorestan province. These swords were kept in an
appropriate climatic condition and therefore the bone decorations of the handles
have remained almost intact which provides us the chance to restore them,”
said Mehrdad Malekzadeh, head of excavation team in Sangtarashan historical
Malekzadeh explained that the swords and the scabbard will be transferred to a
laboratory to detach the scabbard from the swords.
“50 other bronze artefacts including a wide variety of weaponries such as
different kinds of swords in different sizes, battle axes, and some dishes such
as teapots, pitchers, bowls and glasses have also been discovered during the
excavations,” added Malekzadeh.
According to Malekzadeh, one of the other unique discoveries during this season
of excavations is a very beautiful bronze glass with a very delicate etching
work on its body and the design of a lotus flower on its bottom. “Although
this glass has been partly damaged over time due to humidity and other natural
factors, the etching work on it show that it is a unique object and we have sent
it to the restoration laboratory of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Organization of Lorestan province to be studied more,” added Malekzadeh.
Some 400 square meters have been excavated during three seasons of archeological
excavations in Sangtarashan and some 350 ancient bronze relics have been
unearthed so far in this historical site which date back to the end of the Iron
Age. However, no architectural evidence or cemeteries have been discovered in
this historical site so far. “Although no architectural evidence has been
discovered so far in this area, we still believe that a worshipping place might
have existed in this region, although its exact place has remained a question to
us,” explained Malekzadeh.
Sangtarashan historical site is located 52 kilometers from Khorram-Abad on the
height of “80 Pahlu” and “Taf” mountains and is considered an important
archaeological site in Iran.
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