Study sheds new light on ancient cemetery in southeast Iran

TEHRAN – A study by a team of Iranian archaeologists has revealed new clues about the ancient Damb-Kuh cemetery in Makran region of Sistan-Balochistan province.

Entitled “Architecture of burials in the 3rd century BC. say Saturday.

There are many cultural similarities between these three regions, especially in the third millennium BC, one of which is the tradition of burying the dead, an indication of the region’s cultural identity, Hesari said.

Burials and the traditions and customs associated with them have been part of human culture since ancient times, and there are many similarities between different cultures in this area, he explained.

Damb-Kuh is one of the largest cemeteries discovered in southwestern Iran, containing relics dating from the 3rd millennium BCE to the Islamic era, he said.

“According to research carried out in this cemetery, burials can be found from two distinct periods: the third millennium BCE and the Parthian period, although a few burials from the second millennium and the Achaemenid period are also found.”

The burials at this site are different in shape and size, and their size likely reflected the status of the deceased, with higher social status the graves were enlarged, he said.

As a result, Damb-Kuh is not an ordinary cemetery but a place where social pride, class differences and architectural skills were displayed, he concluded.

Possessing almost all kinds of historical tombs such as burial towers and cog-hewn tombs, Iran is a paradise for cemetery enthusiasts and grave hunters. people who have a passion and enjoyment for cemeteries, epitaphs, gravestone rubbing, photography, art and the history of the famous dead.

Over the past two decades, countless archaeological studies have revealed ancient graves, many of which bear new evidence of ancient burial rituals and buried objects dedicated to the afterlife.

The collective province – Sistan in the north and Baluchestan in the south – represents one of the driest regions of Iran with a slight increase in precipitation from east to west and an obvious increase in humidity in the coastal regions. In ancient times, the region was a crossroads of the Indus Valley and Babylonian civilizations.

The province is of special importance because it is located in a strategic transit place, especially Chabahar, which is the only ocean port of Iran and the best and easiest way to access Central Asian countries to open waters. .

The vast province is home to several distinctive archaeological sites and natural attractions, including two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, namely Shahr-e-Soukhteh (Burnt City) and Lut Desert.

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