The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
LONDON, (CAIS) -- Following accidental discovery of a cemetery belonging to Second Iron Age (some 3200 years ago) during sounding works in the vicinity of 7000-year-old Pardis prehistoric hill in Varamin, Tehran province, the excavations in this cemetery have been also started which has resulted in some interesting discoveries. Evidence shows that human and animals were buried together in this cemetery alongside some clay vessels which must have belonged to the dead.
prehistoric cemetery has been discovered in a situation that the bulldozers of
the brick factory have destroyed most parts of the cemetery. According to
experts, so far they have succeeded in unearthing 5 graves during their
excavations in this cemetery. Considering the importance of this historical
site, archaeologists are determined to continue their work for at least 20 days.
cemetery which dates back to the Iron Age II was accidentally discovered during
excavations in the vicinity of Pardis historic hill. Excavations in this
historic cemetery have been launched by digging some trenches in the area where
piles of human bones existed,” said Bayrom Lori, a member of excavation team
in Pardis Tappeh.
to Lori, some cultural evidence belonging to Parthian dynastic era (248 BCE-224
CE) has been also discovered in these graves which show that some damages might
have been taken place in this area during the Parthian era.
the achieved results in this historic cemetery, Lori told Persian service of
CHN: “The discovered graves are in a disordered situation and no specific
burial method was practiced in them. However, in most of the discovered graves,
the human corpse was buried alongside an animal which must have belonged to the
dead person and some clay vessels which were put under the foot of the dead.”
believe that existence of remains of human bones and some domestic animals such
as caw which can still be found in the area would provide them the chance to
uncover some unknown facts about people’s life during Iron Age in this area.
further explained that considering that this historic site is threatened with
destructions caused by human beings and natural events over time, the
excavations in this 3200-year-old cemetery have been started in an attempt to
save it against possible damages.
to this archaeologist, pedology, planteology, osteology, chronology, and alloy
testing are among the future programs in this prehistoric site which will be
conducted by joint cooperation of domestic and foreign experts.
to lack of enough guards in Pardis Tappeh, this prehistoric site has been
plundered several times by illegal diggers who have posed serious harms to this
area in hope to find treasures. Amir Beshkani, another member of excavation team
in Pardis Tappeh believes that since the area of Pardis hill has not been
delimited yet, archaeologists have many problems on their way for excavating
this historic site. “Owners of these lands show a lot of opposition to
archaeological excavations in the area and not only do not cooperate with
archaeology team, but also sometimes sabotage salvation activities in the
area,” said Beshkani.
In order to protect this historic site which contains some invaluable information about Iron Age, Beshkani believes that authorities of Varamin municipality, city council, and governor office, as well as ICHTO should cooperate to take tough measures in this regard.
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