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Iran's Burnt City
Yields Another 12 Ancient Graves
(CAIS) -- The 12th phase of
Burnt City archeological excavations in Iran's southeastern
Sistan-va-Baluchestan Province has yielded further 12 ancient graves.
A brick-walled quadrangular grave was found at the site, which is believed by
archeologists to be unique among the discoveries of the past 30 years.
The skeletons have been eroded and no artifacts have been found inside the
“Up to now ten different types of burials have been found in Burnt City, seven
of which are extremely rare with only three or four examples of them in the
area,” said head of the archeology team, Mansour Seyyed Sajjadi.
“These rare burials may have belonged to emigrants, who were buried according
to their own rituals,” he added.
Over 400 prehistoric sites have been excavated in Burnt City and archeologists
expect the number to reach 1000.
The 5000-year-old Burnt City is located near the city of Zabol and spans an area
of over 300,000 hectares.
Four civilizations have lived in the city which was burnt down three times and
not rebuilt after the last fire.
The world's oldest animated picture, dice and backgammon set, the earliest known
caraway seed and artificial eyeball have been found in Burnt City.
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