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8/3/06

Iran: 22 Post Sassanid Cemeteries Discovered in Kurdistan province

Studies and identifications in the historic areas of Marivan in Kurdistan resulted in discovery of 22 graveyards in this province which are dated to the Islamic era.

Tehran, 3 August 2006 (CHN) -- 22 cemeteries, 11 historic hills, 3 archeological regions, and a number of clay dishes all dating back to the post Sassanid era were found by experts and archeologists in the city of Marivan, Iranian western province of Kurdistan. In addition, a historic fortress which was being used during the different periods that followed the Arabs' invasion of the Persian Empire and the beginning of the Islamic era in 651 AD as well as a pre-historic graveyard were discovered in a nearby village.

"This cemetery was discovered in the slopes of the dunes located in the southern parts of a river. This cemetery belongs to the Iron Age, first millennium BC. The gravestones are different in size and the biggest one is 220 by 30 by 10 cubic centimeters in dimension, comparable to those found in northern Iran," said Ebrahim Zarei, director of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Kurdistan province.

Experts are now busy verifying the exact age of the discovered historic evidence and are studying the clay artifacts found in the surface layers.

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