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Iran: 3000-Y-Old Female Skeleton Discovered in Gorgan

Skeleton of a woman from the 1st millennium BC, statuette of a goat, a crook cane in the shape of a lizard, and several other objects were found in a grave in Gorgan which speak of the high social class of the woman buried in there.
Tehran, 1 October 2006 (CHN) -- Archeological excavations in the runway of what is to become Gorgan’s airport and the nearby historic hill known as Narges Tepe in the northern Iranian province of Golestan led into discovery of a skeleton belonging to a woman from the first millennium BC. In addition, archeologists were able to unearth the effigy of a goat as well as a crook cane in the shape of what looks like to be a lizard from this grave. The woman was found buried in a squat position while the cane was under her left arm.
Calling the recent discoveries “extraordinary,” Ghorban-Ali Abbasi, head of the excavation team of Narges Tepe said: “In addition to the statuette of the goat buried under the skeleton’s left arm, we found a crooked cane in the shape of a lizard. Such an object was never reported to have been found anywhere else in the country.”
The discovered statuette has a long curved horn connected to the back of the figurine while the statue of a bird is seen sitting on the goat’s horn.
According to Abbasi, discovery of different bronze ornamentations such as necklace, earrings, and hairpin in the grave of this 3000 year-old skeleton made archeologists conclude that the grave belongs to a woman from a high social position. He also said that the woman is wearing wrist bracelets which are connected to rings through chains.
Archeologists also unearthed an object in the shape of a six-petal flower made from natural tar as well as a stone spindle next to the skeleton. 
Last week, more than 24 foetal burials were discovered by the archeologists under the airstrip of what is going to turn into Gorgan's airport while trying to save the remaining historic evidence of the area. The extent of the damage caused by the construction of the airport will also reach the nearby Narges Tepe which is believed to date back to some 7000 years ago. That is why excavations in this area were speeded up which led into discovery of 40 skeletons, some architectural remains and earthenware jars.
Second season of Narges Tepe emergency archeological excavations focuses primarily on the area in which the airport is being constructed.
Foetal Burials Discovered in Gorgan Airport

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