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Discovery of an Ivory Scabbard in Lorestan


25 May 2006




LONDON, (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 site.

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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