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3000-Year-Old Mass Grave Discovered in Narges Tappeh


29 October 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Archeologists in the ancient site of Narges Tappeh, northern Iran, discovered a mass grave which is believed to date back to the first millennium BCE. The discovery came while archeologists were busy with an emergency salvation project to save the historic evidence of Narges Tappeh which is located on the runway of an airport currently under construction. Archeologists have so far been able to discover evidence ranging from 5th millennium BCE to the post-Sasanian period at the historic site of Narges Tappeh.


Commenting on the recent discovery in Narges Tappeh, Ghorbanali Abbasi, head of the excavation team at the site, said: “Four different burial methods belonging to a woman and two men were seen in this grave. The fourth skeleton was so distorted that its sex could not be determined.”


According to Abbasi, two clay bowls were also discovered in this mass grave each of which contained fragments of bones belonging to birds.


A variety of different burial methods were seen in the ancient site of Narges Tappeh during two seasons of archeological excavations, making it unique among Iran’s archeological site. Recently, archeologists unearthed the grave of a woman from the first millennium BCE believed to be from an elite background. The woman was discovered along with her jewelry while a crook cane in the shape of a lizard was found under her arm. Also from the same period, skeletons of a mother and her child buried in a communal grave with a dog and its puppy found earlier this month amazed archeologists. Such forms of burials have never been reported from any other historic site within the Iranian Plateau.


Narges Tappeh is an ancient hill located in the Caspian coast city of Gorgan. This historic hill is 192 meters in height and has a width of 92 meters. Dozens of foetal burials, most of which are dated to 3000 years ago, along with numerous other discoveries from this region speak of the historic importance of this ancient hill.




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

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