Jul 25, 2020, 2:20 PM
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Skeleton of a Parthian lady unearthed in Ashraf Hill, central Iran

Isfahan, July 25, IRNA - A skeleton belonging to a lady from Parthian era has been unearthed from northern part of Tepe Ashraf (Ashraf Hill) in central Iranian province of Isfahan, head of an archeological team at the hill said on Saturday.

Although the experts have not assigned the gender of the body yet, it easily belongs to a woman, Ali Reza Jafari-Zand told IRNA.

Many documents and signs have led archeologists to arrive at the conclusion that they are near a graveyard here dating back to the Parthian empire (247 BC – 224 AD), Jafari-Zand said.

The official added he is sure that some other skeletons can be found near the lady.

Elaborating on this archeological operation, the official said the way the body had been interred indicates that her burial has taken place following Mithraism focused on the god Mithras.

When a dead body was buried during Parthian era, his/her face was put on the side of the sun, so the body easily belongs to the Parthian empire as she was buried like what is said and also a clay dating back to that era has been found near the skeleton, the official underlined.

Such historical finding, as the official said, opened a window to better disclosure of the Parthian era.

Digging operation in Tepe Ashraf is very important for deeply identifying the history of the historical city of Isfahan.

To remind Iran's rich civilization, it is worthy to write that Kashan- a historical Iranian city and the cradle of oldest world urban settlement in Sialk Hills dating back to over 7,000 years ago- is located in the northern part of Isfahan.

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