The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
LONDON, (CAIS) -- The plunder of the Median dynastic era site of Zarbolagh is continuing unabatedly. The ancient Iranian site is frequently excavated by smugglers searching for artefacts, the Persian service of CHN reported on Tuesday.
site is located in a remote region in central Iran near the city of Qom and the
border of Tehran, thus it is difficult to safeguard the site against the
smugglers," said archaeologist Mehrdard Malekzadeh who warned about the
smugglers looting Zarbolagh.
1979 revolution smugglers have started plundering the site and even used
bulldozers to unearth artefacts, which resulted in the destruction of sections
of the structure.
finally an archaeological team was deployed to the region led by Malekzadeh, his
team has managed to discover a structure and burial site dating back to the
first Iranian dynasty, the Medes (728-550 BCE).
structure had been deliberately concealed with material such as stones, bricks,
and mud, but they have still not unravelled the mystery of the camouflaged
monument. However, it is believed that it was a religious place - either a
Zoroastrian or Mihtraist chapel.
The team has also discovered some rock-graves, which were burial sites for the Median’ Mobeds (Zoroastrian priests).
relation to the burials back in 2005 Malekzaded stated the location of the tombs
inside the rock is proof of the importance of the tomb owners because their
people had gone through so much trouble to give them such a burial place, and
the fact that nothing was buried alongside the dead has led the experts to
conclude they were of unworldly status.
since then has not been excavated and experts believe that the invaluable
information will be lost by these continuous illegal excavations. The
walls and foundations of the monument are collapsing and it is generally in
terrible condition, the monument is in urgent need of restoration and many
appeals for this have been made, but there has been no response so far,
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