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Recent Discoveries in Gandab Cemetery Raised New Questions about Iron Age


21 September 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Scattered architectural remains and other archeological evidence discovered in Gandab cemetery has strengthened the possibility of the existence of a village dating back to the Iron Age in the area in addition to the cemetery itself. Archeologists believe that the recent discoveries in Gandab historical cemetery, Semnan province, will shift the boundaries between different periods within the Iron Age.


“Until now it was believed that the division of the different periods of the Iron Age is the same everywhere in Iran. However, the recent achievements especially the discovery of architectural remains in Gandab have changed the previous theories. The stratigraphy works in Gandab revealed that in Iran different periods of Iron Age should be studied independently in different regions and then we should try to find the connection between them,” said Abdolmotaleb Sharifi, head of excavation team in Gandab historical cemetery to CHN.


Sharifi believes that as a start, archeologists should study the Iron Age in a particular region for example, northern Iran, and then look for its connection to the evidence from the same period found in other regions. Finally, based on the observation, they may categorize the different periods which fall in the Iron Age in different areas.


According to Sharifi, the area of Gandab cemetery is much bigger than what had previously been supposed. Moreover, several distinctive architectural styles have also been observed in the area. “In addition to human evidence, some architectural remains have also been discovered there. For sure several historical periods must have existed in Gandab. It is the first time we are faced with such important historical remains in this archeological site; and most probably similar evidence would be found in Kharand historical cemetery as well,” added Sharifi.


Sharifi stated that the main materials used in the discovered architectural remains in Gandab historical site are stone and stucco.


“Most probably continuation of our archeological excavations and stratigraphy works in Gandab will result in the discovery of more graves and architectural remains,” added Sharifi



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

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