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3000-Year-Old Babajilan Cemetery to Be Excavated


11 April 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- The cemetery of Babajilan dating back to the Iron Age (1400-550 BCE) will be excavated by archaeologists within next two months. Illegal excavation in this site has already posed real threat to this 3000-year-old cemetery.


“Since a large destruction have been posed to Babajilan historical cemetery due to activities of illegal diggers, an archaeology team has been dispatched to the area by getting the approval of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO). However due to heavy rains and snows in the mountainous regions of Lorestan province, the excavations were wrapped up incomplete. During previous excavations archaeologists succeeded in discovery of number of historical relics which were remained from plunders in the area,” said Ata Hassanpour, archaeologist working with Lorestan’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department to the Persian service of CHN.


Location of Babijilan in a mountainous region in Lorestan province has made the accessibility to this historical cemetery very difficult, which is why preservation of this cemetery against possible damages caused by illegal diggers, most of whom are local inhabitants.


According to Hassanpour, different parts of this cemetery have been plundered so far by illegal diggers and the archaeology team hopes to rescue the remains of historical relics which have been survived. “Bronze daggers, jars and earthen relics were among the objects which have been gathered in this historic site”, added Hassanpour


The excavations in this site will be supported by authorities of Lorestan province and a team of archaeologists are in charge of carrying out excavations in this historic site.


Babijilan cemetery in Lorestan province which dates back to Iron Age (550-1350 BCE) demonstrates as the flourishing centre of bronze industry in this region.




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

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