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Discovery of a 2700-Year-Old Neo-Elamite Family Tomb


23 October 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Discovery of the remains of an old construction in Abu-Fondova historical hill faced archeologists with a family tomb dating back to the New Elamite period (around 750 BCE) similar to the ones previously discovered in Susa. The discovery was made by a team of archeologists from the Archeology Research Center of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization.


“Remains of the brick ceiling of a tomb belonging to the New Elamite Period were discovered in northern parts of Abu-Fondova historical hill. There are also the remains of some graves in this tomb which have been destroyed over time,” said Leili Niakan, director of research team in Abu-Fondova historical hill.


The bricks used in the construction of the ceiling are 31x32x5 centimeters and the current height of the remaining ceiling is 80 centimeters. The tomb itself is 1.13 meters in width and 2.26 meters in height.


According to her, six human skulls have been unearthed from the tomb. 


“The skeletons were scattered in the tomb. This tomb must have dated back to the New Elamite period, that is some 2700 to 2800 years ago,” explained Niakan.


The discovered fragmented bones and skulls have been transferred to Haft Tepe Museum.


Archeological excavations in Abu-Fondova historical site in Susian Plain, southwestern Iran, started last week by a joint team of archeologists from Iran’s cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization and the Oriental Institute of University of Chicago under the supervision of Leili Niakan and Abbas Alizadeh.


Abu-Fondova historical hill is located on the western part of Susian Plain, 11 kilometers south of the city of Susa and on the east side of Karkheh and Shavar rivers. It was one of the most prominent residential settlements in Susian Plain in the fifth millennium BCE. It consists of two main parts and covers an 11 hectare area.




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

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