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German-Iranian Team to Study City Divisions of Gohar-Tappeh Prehistoric Site

 

30 January 2009

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- The city divisions of the ancient site of Gohar-Tappeh in Iran’s northern province of Mazandaran will be studied by a joint team of German and Iranian archaeologists in the near future.

 

“We plan to study that how the city’s divisions and governmental centres were formed at the site during the forthcoming season of excavation,” team director Ali Mahforuzi told the Persian service of CHN on Friday.

 

Another team led by Mahforuzi had demarcated the city over the previous season of excavation, which was carried out in late 2006.

 

The team plans to use topographic studies in this season, Mahforuzi said, adding, “Study of the ancient shards scattered at the site will also be helpful. However, the excavation of the lower strata should contribute more information in determining the exact location of the centres and divisions.”

 

Research may also lead to the identification of social classes that existed in the region 3000 years ago, he noted.

 

Based on an agreement signed between the Archaeological Research Centre of Iran (ARCI) and the University of Munich, the university will conduct and finance part of the research and experiments, which would otherwise be impossible to carry out in Iran due to lack of facilities.

 

A large number of graves and artefacts found during the previous seasons of excavation date back to the first millennium BCE.

 

“However, a 5000-year-old city is buried in the lower strata of the site,” Mahforuzi said.

 

Mahforuzi’s team had previously unearthed a cobble-stoned lane at Gohar-Tappeh during the fifth phase of excavations in 2006.

 

In addition, a skeleton of a warrior buried in an attacking pose with a dagger in his hands in one grave, a skeleton of a child and a bronze pendant with a bullhorn motif in another grave, and a number of bull statuettes have been found at the site during previous phases of excavations in 2005.

 

The archaeologists also discovered an unidentified artefact in a grave beside a skeleton, which some prominent musicians of Mazandaran believe looks like a clarinet.

 

 

 

 

Extracted From/Source: Mehr News [*]

  

 

 

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