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14 May 2005
Anthropologists find ancient tombs in Iran

In the Mazandaran Provence in Iran, anthropologists discovered the remains of three dolichocephalic (long-headed) skeletons buried in the 2800 year old Laforak Cemetery. The three remains were not indigenous to the area.  Native inhabitants of the time were of a round headed race.  The three long-headed skeletons were buried on their backs while others so far have been buried in a squatting position or lying on their sides. Anthropologists are now trying to determine the long-headed remains ethnicity, why the burials were different, and where their origins were.
     The cemetery is in danger of flooding because of the construction of the Alborz Dam which will drown twelve towns including the village of Laforak and its archaeological remains.

Source: Mehr News Agency (10 May 2005)

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