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Number of Ancient Tombs in Lama Cemetery Reached 61


17 January 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Archaeologists at the historic cemetery of Lamā in the Iranian southwestern province of Kohkiloye va Boyer-Ahmad discovered eight new family tombs, raising the total number of the discovered tombs in this cemetery to 61.


An earthenware dish engraved with the design of a human figures, an earthen coffin, a bronze sword, and a golden tassel are among some of the recent findings in this historic graveyard.


Excavations in Lama historic cemetery started in 1999 during the road construction. This accidental discovery attracted the attention of archaeologists to this historic site. Since then, archaeologists have carried out several seasons of excavations in this historic cemetery during which several historic evidence and archaeological artefacts were unearthed.


Regarding the discovery of ancient tombs belonging to late second millennium to early first millennium BCE, Hassan Rezvani, archaeologist and head of the excavation team in Lama Cemetery, said: “The plans of the unearthed tombs are varies. Although, most of them have a rectangular structure, their ceilings differ from one another.”


According to Rezvani, archaeologists have discovered four different types of tombs in this historic cemetery but the majority of the discovered ones had mansard-like roofs. In this method, a single stone slab was scraped to make a triangle. The base of the triangle was then placed and secured on the stonewalls of the tomb and the roof was covered with rubbles obtained from nearby rivers.


Archaeologists also have discovered a number of oval-shape tombs with peaked roofs, most of which belong to children.


“Some other tombs with flat roofs have also been unearthed in Lama Cemetery in which instead of the stones from the river, rubbles were used for construction of walls and ceilings,” added Rezvani. He also said that a combination of the above two methods was also seen in a few other tombs.


According to head of the team of archaeologists at Lama Cemetery, several large tombs, some of which are 5.5 meters in length, were found in this archaeological site in which diverse burial methods have been observed. However, he said that it is hard to tell which burial method prevails in this ancient cemetery, as the original form of the burials cannot be determined easily. However, it is believed that most of the skeletons were buried in a squat position.




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

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