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Excavations in Narges Tappeh Wrapped Up Incomplete


19 March 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- By Gorgan’s international airport inauguration in Iranian northern province of Golestan and starting of flights in the airport archaeologists have given up their excavations in Narges Tappeh historic site located in vicinity of the airport.


This is while prior to this in an attempt to save the historical evidence in Narges Tappeh, during a meeting held in Golestan’s governor office by attendance of experts of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Golestan province, a special budget was approved by the governor office for resuming the excavations in this historic site.


Two seasons of archaeological excavations in Narges Tappeh led into some stunning discoveries ranging in date from 7000 years ago to the post-Sasanian period (651-861 CE).


Among the most important achievements during archaeological excavations in Narges Tappeh were a number of graves most probably belonging to the first millennium BCE in which some unique burial methods were implemented.


In one of these graves archaeologists succeeded in unearthing the skeleton belonging to a woman alongside the effigy of a goat as well as a crook cane n the shape of what looks like to be a lizard from this grave. The woman was found buried in a squat position while the cane was under her left arm. Archaeologists say that it was the first time such a burial has ever been seen.


Discovery of some edible seeds such as corn and lentil inside red and grey clay vessels belonging to one millennium BCE in this historical hill revealed that the people of Narges Tappeh enjoyed a good nutrition system some 3000 years ago.


Narges Tappeh historic hill which is believed to have been a village is located in the northern Iranian city of Gorgan, capital of Golestan province and on the northern side of the airstrip of the newly constructed airport in the city. For the first time, this historic hill with 194x92 meters area was identified some 30 years ago by Japanese archaeologists. Archaeological excavations in Narges Tappeh which originally started with the aim of saving the historic evidence in this ancient site from threats posed by the construction of an airport traced history of Narges Tappeh as far back as 5000 BCE.  




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

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