|30 January 2019
Iron Age warrior grave discovered in Northern Iran
Iranian officials say the body of a forty-year-old man and his weapons dating back to 3,000 years ago have been discovered in Rostamabad near Rasht in northern Gilan province (Iran).
Shahram Ramin, who is a member of discovery team, says in the excavations of this site, several graves were discovered with burial gifts. According to Ramin, this site was at risk of destruction due to the implementation of a construction project; therefore, a team of archaeologists began the emergency exploration of the site.
"The skeleton belongs to a forty-year-old man with a height between 160 and 167 cm. Considering the importance of it, the team plans to record the grave and the findings by laser. In addition to the Iron Age graves, a number of tools have been discovered at lower depths, which according to preliminary studies by the experts of the National Museum of Iran, are probably related to the Epipaleolithic period."
This ancient site was excavated for the first time by Japanese archaeologists between 1973 to 1978 followed by excavations by Mohammad Reza Khalatbari from 1986 to 1988.
Edited from IFP News(19 January 2019)
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