Remains of 'extremely tall man' discovered alongside ancient treasure trove in Iran
Archaeologists in western Iran have discovered a treasure trove of ancient artefacts, including the remains of an extremely tall man who lived more than 1,500 years ago.
|Storeroom with two storage vessels [Credit: © Rokna twitter]|
The most exciting discovery is the remains of a very tall man, believed to be two metres tall, who lived during the Sasanian Empire, which ruled from approximately 224 AD until 651 AD, when was conquered by the Islamic Caliphate.
Archaeologists also found artefacts dating back to the Achaemenid Empire, which existed from approximately 550 BC until its demise at the hands of Alexander the Great in 330 BC, and the Parthian Empire of c. 250 BC – 224 AD.
|The burials date from the time of the Sasanian Empire [Credit: Airjet twitter]|
Items dating back to the Achaemenid Empire, also known as the First Persian Empire, include plates, ceramic bowls, painted vessels, stamped ornaments and coins, and stone tools. They are the first artefacts from the period to be found in the province of Lorestan.
"In the north of the Chia Sabz area we found the grave of an elderly man. It consists of four clay walls, covered with a large stone slab," Hasanpour said.
"We found a lot of ceramic items of the Sasanian Empire close to the burial site, but we can only give them a more exact date after radiocarbon analysis."
"In the final days of the excavation, we managed to find a storeroom with two vessels for storing food. The contents of the vessels have been sent to a laboratory for further investigations," he said. It is believed the room dates back to the Parthian Empire.
During their dig, the archaeologists have also uncovered two columns, which they believe formed part of an ancient ceremonial hall.
Source: Sputnik News [February 15, 2017]