The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- A
team of archaeologists has stumbled upon an ancient coffin bearing a skeleton of
a child buried in a Parthian mound in Khuzestan Province, southwestern Iran.
team, which had previously been assigned to demarcate the site, found the coffin
in mid December after the recent heavy rainfall removed the earth from the
coffin, Khuzestan Cultural Heritage Enthusiasts Society (Taryana) spokesman
Mojtaba Gahestuni told the Persian service of the Mehr News Agency on Saturday.
intact pottery jar and several other artefacts were also buried along with the
child in the coffin, he added.
report did not specify the material used in making the coffin, however it did
clarify that the casket along with its contents have been transferred to a
governmental organization in the province.
archaeological team led by Mohsen Hosseini also discovered many intact pieces of
pottery and a large number of shards at the mound, leading them to surmise that
most likely; there was a large pottery workshop at the site during the Parthian
Dynastic era (248BCE - 224CE).
excavations and farming are currently threatening the ancient sites in the
team has identified traces of illegal excavations on the mound and other ancient
addition, agricultural activities by the local residents have caused serious
damage to some of the ancient sites over the past few decades.
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