The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
LONDON, (CAIS) -- Archaeologists have discovered a goat statuette and a bas-relief of a lizard buried with the skeleton of a woman in the cemetery of the Narges Tappeh ancient site near Gorgan, Golestan Province, the Persian service of CHN reported on Sunday.
goat statuette was located under the left arm of the woman, who was buried in a
squatting position. The bas-relief of the lizard has been carved on the handle
of a stick-like artifact, the likes of which have never been seen at any ancient
Iranian site. The skeleton dates back to the first millennium BCE,”
archaeological team director Qorban-Ali Abbasi explained.
bird has been depicted on the curved horns of the goat and a number of other
artifacts, such as a necklace, earrings, a hairpin, and several bracelets
connected to a ring worn by the woman, have been found in her grave.
archaeologists also discovered a six-pronged relic made of tar and a stone
spindle beside the skeleton.
excavations are being carried out to save Narges Tappeh, which is located near
the runway of an airport currently under construction in Gorgan.
have recently discovered fragments of pottery containing corn and lentil, which
has provided important information on the diet of the inhabitants of Narges
Tappeh in ancient times.
an area of about 17,000 square meters, Narges Tappeh contains traces of
architecture, pottery, and a dozen other monuments and artifacts, some dating
back to about 5000 BCE.
have also discovered a cemetery, a brick castle, and many skeletons from the
early pos-Sasanian era (651-850 CE).
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