Sunday, April 29, 2007

Iron Age statue found in Iran

Archaeologists working in Iran are hoping the discovery of a statue buried in a grave will help unveil secrets of the Iron Age.

The statue, unearthed in a corpse-like position on a mountain near Abyek in Qazin province, was discovered together with human bones and pottery objects.

Experts believe the strange discovery may well be linked to complex burial ceremonies known to be held for the dead during that time

Speaking to reporters, a member of the excavation team said: "The new discovery could lead us to further questions concerning the burial methods of Iron Age man."

Iran's Iron Age, believed to have taken place in the neo-elamite period between 1400 and 550BC, is considered by historians to be a crucial time in terms of the country's cultural and religious development.