TEHRAN — Iranian police have recovered an ancient clay slab from an unauthorized excavator in Neyshabur, northeast Iran.
Police seized the object from the suspect’s home after learning he was digging illegally, CHTN reported Sunday.
In this regard, the police arrested and handed over the suspect to the judicial system for further investigation.
According to the news agency, the exact age of the earthen object is being assessed by the cultural heritage directorate of the province of Khorasan Razavi.
A paradise for history buffs, Neyshabur (Nishapur) was once a prosperous city in medieval times, now located in the northeast of modern Iran.
Located about 70 km west of Mashhad, Neyshabur was founded around the 3rd century AD. Accounts say that “Nishapur” derives its name from its alleged founder, the Sasanian king Shapur I.
It rose to prominence in the 8th century and was ruined by invasions and earthquakes in the 13th century. After this period, a much smaller settlement was established just north of the ancient city, and the once bustling metropolis lay underground, until a team of excavators from the Metropolitan Museum arrived in the mid-20th century. century.
The city underwent series of excavations beginning in 1935 by experts from the Near Eastern art department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Hundreds of objects were discovered during the excavations. Each year, the Museum’s share was sent back to New York, where the objects were restored and exhibited.
Additionally, Neyshabur was an important hub for the manufacture of glass, metal and stone vessels as well as textiles. However, none of the latter have been found in the excavations, probably due to their highly perishable nature.