(Persia Digest) – The emergency exploration team of Rostamabad archaeological site in northern Iran have reported the discovery of a 3000-year old (Iron Age) grave belonging to a 40-year old man who has been buried with his weapons.

Shahram Ramin said: “Emergency digs undertaken at the site have revealed a number of burials with gifts pertaining to the Iron Age 3000 years ago.”

The archaeologist said the graves were discovered in continuation of the Rasht-Tehran motorway, to the east of Rostamabad plains.


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He added that the most complete grave belonged to a man buried with his war weapons and food containers: “The skeleton belongs to a 40-year old man approximately 160 to 167cms tall.”

Persia Digest (PD) reports that Kolvarz is an ancient mound in Rostamabad, Guilan Province, which has come to be known as Ganjpar. The first season of excavations here took place from 1973 to 1978 by a Japanese scientific team. Cira 1986-1988, an Iranian team discovered artefacts from the early centuries of the first millennium BCE up to the Sassanid era in this region, and in 2014 graves pertaining to the first millennium BCE from the Parthian Period were also discovered here.


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One of the finds in Rostamabad is the statute of a goddess portraying the importance of women in ancient Persia. It is 3000 years old and kept in the Azarbaijan Museum.

Estimates by archaeologists indicate that the first human settlements in Ganjpar date back to 300 thousand years ago. As such, Rostamabad is a unique region in Iran and one the oldest centers of human settlements ranking third in the country.

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