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ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS OF THE IRANIAN WORLD

 

Smugglers Entice Archaeologists to Excavate Babajian Ancient Mound

 

21 October 2006

 

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- Illicit excavations by smugglers at the 3000-year-old Babajian (bābāžīyān) mound in Lorestan Province have drawn a team of archaeologists to the site to save the rest of the artifacts, if anything remains.

 

“The safeguarding of the Babajian mound faces many problems due to the fact that the site is located in a mountainous region. The path leading to the site is difficult to tread, but the smugglers, most of whom are locals, can easily overcome the challenge,” archaeologist Ata Hassanpur of the Lorestan Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department told the Persian service of CHN on Friday.

 

The smugglers have almost completely excavated the cemetery of the site.

 

“The site has been seriously damaged by the numerous illicit excavations, but the team hopes they can save some intact graves,” Hassanpur said.

 

Babajian mound has not been excavated before, but initial studies indicate that the site dates back to about 1300 BCE.

 

 

 

Extracted From/Source: Mehr News

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