cemetery dating back to 3500 years ago has been discovered in the Taj Amir
region near the city of
Yasuj in the southwestern Iranian province of Kohkiluyeh-Boyer Ahmad.
Over 20 graves have been excavated so far by an archaeological team in the
cemetery, which covers an area of over 60,000 square meters, team director
Mohammad Rajabi told the Persian service of IRNA on Friday.
The cemetery is estimated to contain over 500 graves, he added.
Pottery, stone and bronze artifacts have been discovered beside the skeletons
unearthed from the graves.
In addition, earrings, rings, daggers, bayonets, coins and pottery jars have
been discovered in the graves.
All the artifacts have been transferred to a museum in Yasuj, Rajabi said.
About 8000 square meters of the cemetery have been destroyed by a construction
project, which belongs to Yasuj University of Medical Science, he stated.
A total of 70 graves have been totally demolished during the construction
project and all artifacts located in the graves have been lost, an expert of the
Yasuj Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department stated.
"The destruction process is still underway," said Rahmani, who gave only his