The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
LONDON, (CAIS) -- A team of Iranian and British anthropologists working on human remains discovered at the 5200-year-old Burnt City have identified a male rider who they believe was a messenger in ancient times.
of riding are seen on the right leg bone of the man, who died at the age of 40
to 45. The swellings show that he had continuously worked as a professional
rider since he was a teenager,” the director of the Iranian anthropological
team told the Persian service of CHN on Monday.
are blade-shaped swellings on the lower part of the leg bone, Farzad Foruzanfar
marks indicate that he had gathered his right leg while riding. Thus the riding
was carried out on a big animal like a camel or ox,” Foruzanfar explained.
is evidence that draft animals were used in the Burnt City in ancient times, but
gathering a leg while riding is something someone does while riding a camel over
long distances. Thus, it is surmised that the man was a courier who travelled
studies on the skeletons discovered at the Burnt City cemetery are paving the
way for the identification of the professions practiced in ancient times in the
city, which was inhabited for about 1200 years.
studies are currently being carried out by experts from the Archaeological
Research Centre of Iran (ARCI) and a group of anthropologists of the University
of Newcastle led by Dr. Kirsi Lorentz.
tenth season of excavations is currently underway at the Burnt City, which is
located 57 kilometres from the city of Zabol in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan
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