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Ambiguous Fate of Ramhormoz Treasury


21 May 2007




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  One of the golden relics discovered in Ramhormoz - Picture courtesy of Persian service of ISNA (Click to enlarge)


LONDON, (CAIS) -- Accidental discovery of Rāmhormoz Treasury within two coffins containing which were unearthed during activities of Khuzestan’s Water and Sewage Department, and the contradictory statements about the number of these golden ornamentations and artifacts belonging to different historic periods including, Elamite (3400-550 BCE), Achaemenid (550-330 BC), Parthian (248 BCE-224 CE) dynastic eras, as well as Mesopotamia civilization has turned into one of the most sensational issues among cultural heritage enthusiasts during the past few weeks. What add fuel to remorse was the silence of the authorities in this regard.  


Just like the other cases, as soon as the news about such a discovery was spread, a large number of smugglers rushed to the area in hope to plunder this Treasury, however according to ICHTO, all the relics which were looted by the smugglers have been confiscated by police.


Following the discovery of Rāmhormoz Treasury, some contradictory statements were made about the number of these invaluable historical relics and they were announced between 300 to 800 items. This is while no price can be put on most of these historical relics.


However, after following the case watchfully and the efforts of Cultural Heritage News Agency (CHN) it is being confirmed that the exact number of discovered historical relics in this invaluable Treasury are 488 historical artifacts. Artifacts including golden, earthenware, and stone relics have been documented in list of the items which belongs to what is mentioned as Rāmhormoz Treasury. Now the Treasury which is currently being kept in Rāmhormoz governorship is waiting for its fate to be transferred to Iran’s National Museum in Tehran or to Ahvāz, capital city of Khuzestan province.


One of the most prominent artifacts discovered in this unique Treasury is the five rings of power which has brought some new questions for archaeologists that whom this five power ring might have belonged.


Some of the important items which their existence have been announced in this Treasury are as follows: five power ring, including a power ring with cuneiform inscription 175g in weights, one molding power ring 105g in weight, one power ring 55g in weight, one broken power ring with cuneiform inscription 55g in weight, and an ornamented power ring 55g in weight.


A golden plaque with molding decoration, 35g in weight is the other interesting object in this Treasury. The details of some of the other discovered relics are as follows: A golden bracelet with head of deer at its end decorated with precious stones 50g in weight; two simple bangles 325g in weight; bracelet with flower decorations 75g in weight; a 100-grams bangle; four silica bracelets 285g in weight; a piece of gold most probably with design of a horse head in a spiral form 295g in weight which is believed to be the hilt of a dagger; four gold pieces, two oval-shaped, one broken and one narrow golden pieces 175g in weight; three 15-grams golden plaques; golden necklace with a 80g gem; 155 ornamental golden buttons (some of which have been broken) in various sizes 25g in weight; 99 perforated golden beads, 3700g in weight in different sizes; a 4g golden ring; 23 golden tassels about 14g in weight; 10 golden decorative objects with molding design consisted of 30 pieces;,113g in weight; 10 decorative golden objects consisted of 19 pieces which are clung together and are more than 18.800g in weight; two pieces of gold in form of clip or earring with a gem 4g and 800g in weight; an iron axle clinched with a golden sheet 7g in weight; 48 opal worry beads in different sizes; a broken tooth; a metalic statue most probably made of bronze depicting a fish goddess with opened arms in a worship position, and statue of a broken torso are the other objects which have been discovered in these coffins.


Metal ring which since it has been covered with a thick layer of sediment its material is not clear, broken headless statue most probably from bronze which depicting a worship position, bronze trivet with duck-like heads, broken marble dishes with molding furrowed decorations, simple marble handled bowls, white plastered or limed glass, a little enamelled clay measure with broken edging, an earthenware bowl contains pieces of broken bones, a number of broken clays, a metal (most probably bronze) bracelet, a piece of (most probably silver) dish, a broken metal bowl, three metal dishes most probably bronze dishes, a bronze bracelet, 68 pieces of bronze belonging to the broken coffin and a number of metal dishes, remains of a broken bronze bangle, parts of the blade of a damaged dagger, remains of a broken enamelled glass, broken bowl with one bronze handle, and four pieces of bronze are the other relics which have been appeared in the coffin of this  unknown ruler after thousands of years and have brought many questions for archaeologists about the real identity of the owners of these coffins.


Now this discovered Treasury is waiting for its fate to go on public display after being categorized and providing the situation for keeping them whether in Iran’s National Museum in Tehran or the capital city of Khuzestan province.



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