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Study Proves Persian Inhabitance along Persian Gulf

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Archeologists have found a number of graves in southern Iran, which prove that the Persian Gulf has always been inhabited by the Persians.

Excavations in a 100-acre cemetery in Iran's southern province of Hormozgan, yielded 10 intact graves and a fetal burial which shed light on the burial rituals practiced 2,000 years ago.

The largest of its kind in southern Iran, the cemetery includes graves from the Parthian era to the Sassanid era, indicating that Persians have been living in the area during that time.

"The inhabitants did not bury their dead under the ground,” said head of the archeology team Abbas Norouzi, adding, “They provided a bed of small stones on the ground, laid the body on the stones and covered it with 50 centimeter high stone fences. The tomb was then adorned by a tombstone.”

“Various objects were also buried along with the body such as gemstones, beads and daggers,” Norouzi explained.

“A clay jar was broken on the tomb at the end. The tradition, which was also followed in the northern province of Semnan, symbolized the end of life,” he said.

Experts have prepared the topographic map of the region.

Source: Press TV

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