The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- According
to Malekzadeh, after Grishman excavations, evidence of gray clay culture was
identified in other historical sites of Iran’s central plateau as well.
is the most southern Iron Age site in Iran’s central plateau which dates back
to 1250 to 880 BCE and is called as a piece of cultural puzzle of this
epoch by archaeologists.
is an ancient cemetery, which was accidentally discovered some 5 years ago
during laying gas pipes in the area, ever since this historic area has been
plundered several times by a number of opportunists due to lack of protection.
Currently an area about 100 in 100 square meters have been identified, however,
archaeologists believe that the area must have been much bigger than this and
one of their main aims is to clarify the limitation of this historic site.
burial gifts unearthed from the graves denote to the Iron Age II in Iran and
resembles to those previously discovered in cemetery A of Sialk historical site.
despite all its invaluable archaeological importance, Milajerd historic site is
still waiting to receive financial support for rescuing operations.
Javeri, director of Archaeology Department of Iran’s Cultural Heritage,
Handicrafts, and Tourism Department in Esfahan province told CHN that they are
trying to convince Iran’s Plan and Budget Organization to solve the budget
problem existing in this regard.
archaeological excavations in Milajerd historical site is one of the priorities
of ICHHTO’s Isfahan Base. Therefore, we have asked Mehrdad Malekzadeh who is a
specialist in Iron Age studies, to come to Isfahan to cooperate in this project.
However, unfortunately due to financial problems the project has been
postponed,” added Javeri.
according to Saeed Baktash, director of Esphahan’s ICHHTO, the Organization is
trying to protect the area against being looted though increasing the number of
guards in the region, archaeologists still believe that the area is not well
protected and is still at risk of being plundered.
the area has been greatly plundered during the recent years, the graves have
been disturbed and a large number of historical relics have been looted.
Archaeologists strongly believe that rescuing of Milajerd is in a state of
emergency and if this trend of plundering continues, in a very near future we
will witness the lost of invaluable cultural heritage evidence.
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