The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
LONDON, (CAIS) -- An international team of archaeologists and experts from Iran, Britain, Cyprus, Germany, Greece and Poland resumed excavation at 5000-year-old site of Gohar-Tappeh in Iran’s northern province of Mazandaran on September 2.
an area of 50 hectares, Gohar-Tappeh is located near the town of Behshahr. Ruins
and other artifacts unearthed in the region indicate that the site dates back to
the Iron Age. Four phases of excavations have already been carried out on the
site by Iranian archaeologists.
new phase of excavations aims to study transition from the Bronze Age to Iron
Age at the site,” team director Ali Mahforuzi told the Persian service of CHN
have dug three new trenches at a location that contains burials from both
periods. This location was used as a cemetery during the Bronze Age, turning to
a burial ground later in the Iron Age. Thus the transition can clearly be
observed in the site,” he added.
archaeobotanist as well as several archaeologists and an expert in metal works
from the University College London are working with the team.
has also requested Tony Wilkinson, a professor at the Durham University’s
Department of Archaeology, to join his team. Wilkinson is currently working with
another Iranian team ancient defensive wall of Gorgan, Golestan Province, in
team had unearthed a skeleton of a warrior buried in an attacking pose with a
dagger in his hands, a skeleton of a child and a bronze pendant with a bull-horn
motif, and a number of bull statuettes at Gohar-Tappeh during the previous
phases of excavations last September and October.
had also discovered an unidentified artifact in a grave beside a skeleton, which
some prominent musicians of Mazandaran believe looks like a clarinet.
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