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Further Foetal Burials Discovered in Narges Tappeh

 

08 October 2006

 

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- Continuation of archeological excavations in Narges Tappeh, located in the Iranian northern city of Gorgan, raised the number of discovered foetal burials in this ancient site to around 60 as 35 other skeletons were found buried using the same method, all of which date back to 3000 to 4000 years ago. More than 24 foetal burials had previously been discovered in the area and archeologists are expecting to see more of this kind of burial in Narges Tappeh, according to CHN.

 

Regarding the recent discovery, Ghorban-Ali Abbasi, head of the excavation team at Narge Tappeh said: “Our excavations resulted in discovery of 5 graves belonging to 5000 years ago and another 30 which are dated to the 1st millennium BCE. Foetal burial was the common method observed in all the discovered graves.”

 

Abbasi also announced the discovery of burial offerings in most of the graves found recently and said: “Most of the skeletons we found this time were buried along with their belongings which point to their social class and occupations. However, some of the graves only contain the skeletons of the dead which indicates that the people buried in them were most likely from a lower social stratum.”

 

Narges Tappeh is located in the airstrip of an airport which is currently being constructed in the city of Gorgan, Golestan province. Archeological excavations in this historic site started to save the remaining historic evidence before the airport is inaugurated.

 

Last week and in an unprecedented discovery, archeologists at Narges Tappeh found the skeleton of a woman from the first millennium BCE with a crook cane in the shape of a lizard under her left arm and the effigy of a goat in her grave, indicating her high social class at her time.

 

Recent discoveries along with evidence of a 7000-year old civilization which extends to the post-Sasanian era are all indicative of the historic importance of Narges Tappeh.

 

 

 

 

Extracted From/Source: Cultural Heritage News Agency (CHN)

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