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Six Meters Long Grave with Two Stone Crowns Discovered in Lama


11 September 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Second season of archeological excavations in Lama (Lamā) historical cemetery led to discovery of a grave with two crowns made of stone which according to archeologists is quite different with the previous graves discovered so far, according to CHN (Cultural Heritage News Agency).


“Compared to other graves unearthed previously, this 6-meter long grave enjoys some unique characteristics. In addition to the remains of the skeleton, this grave contains some burial gifts and animal bones as old as the human bones, showing that they had been buried with the deceased,” said Hassan Rezvani, head of archeology excavation team in Lama historical cemetery.


According to Rezvani, 61 graves have been identified so far in the Lama cemetery, among which five graves will be excavated. In the meantime, archeologists are determined to carry out studies on the aretefacts unearthed so far to discover all the details about this historical cemetery including different burial methods as well as their exact date.


“The burial methods seen in most of the graves are an indication that they were buried according to a religious belief of the region” added Rezvani.


Lama cemetery is located in Chal Shahin (Čāl-Šāhīn) area in the Pataveh (Pātāvé) district of township of Denā in Kohkilouyeh va Boyer Ahmad province. This cemetery was accidentally discovered during the road construction between Yasooj and Samirom which resulted in destruction of some historical graves as well.


Rubbles and rocks were used in this cemetery for construction of the graves and large pieces of stone were used to cover them. Different burial methods with several common features can be seen in some of the graves of this cemetery which belong to different periods of time.


Some 53 graves were discovered during the initial archaeological salvation by the excavation team of the Archeology Research Center. Archeologists were able to identify 8 more long graves during the their excavations. The remains of domestic animals (mostly goat and sheep) have been discovered in most of the graves as burial offerings to the dead.


Based on initial studies, these graves are dated back to sometime between 1500 and 1000 BCE.




Extracted From/Source: CHN

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