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1 May 2006
'7000-Year-Old sleepin' beauty' discovered in Bolaghi Gorge

Archeological excavations in Bolaghi Gorge site (Iran) led to discovery of the skeleton of a young girl dating back to 7000 years ago, who apparently died in her sleep due to an unknown reason. "This is the first burial belonging to the Bacon Era (the fifth and fourth millennia BCE) discovered so far during archeological excavations in Bolaghi Gorge historical site. We have succeeded in unearthing the skeleton of the girl without causing any damage to it," said Mojgan Seyedein, Iranian head of joint Iranian-German archeology team in Bolaghi Gorge. According to Seyedein, eight stone beads have also been discovered with the skeleton of the girl. These stone beads were close to her wrist and neck. "The girl was buried while sleeping on her side and bending her legs with arms under her head like the sleep position of most children," added Seyedein.
     This skeleton was discovered in area number 73 near one of the clay ovens dating back to the Bacon era. Prior to this, the remains of a skeleton belonging to the Iron Age (some 3500 years ago) were unearthed during the archeological excavations of the joint Iranian-Italian team in area number 76 which is close to area number 73. This new discovery is one of the oldest human remains unearthed so far in the Bolaghi Gorge area. "We transferred the skeleton delicately to the Parse-Pasargadae Research Center without causing any changes to its original position," explained Seyedein. According to Seyedein, the skeleton of this girl is completely intact, and even after the passing of 7000 years, her teeth have remained unharmed.
     Considering the broken clays around the grave of the girl, archeologists believe that she should have lived during the Bacon era. Although the skeleton has been discovered near the clay oven, archeologists believe that there is no relation between them.

Source: Iranian.ws (27 April 2006)

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