Loading ...
Sorry, an error occurred while loading the content.

Earthquake Victims Unearthed after 800 Years in Mazandaran

Expand Messages
  • Krissa Klein
    Earthquake Victims Unearthed after 800 Years in Mazandaran Resket Tower, Mazandaran province Archeologists at the northern Iranian province of Mazandaran
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 10, 2007
    • 0 Attachment
      Earthquake Victims Unearthed after 800 Years in Mazandaran

      Resket Tower, Mazandaran province Archeologists at the northern
      Iranian province of Mazandaran unearthed two skeletons in the
      vicinity of Resket tomb which further proves occurrence of a big
      earthquake in the region about a millennium ago.

      Tehran, 10 February 2007 (CHN Foreign Desk) -- Recent discovery of
      two skeletons belonging to about 1000 years ago who were buried
      under piles of debris during their unsuccessful attempt to take
      shelter points to a massive earthquake which shook the region
      sometime during the Seljuk dynastic era (1037-1187 AD).

      The discovery was made by a team of archeologists in the vicinity of
      Resket tower in the city of Farim, Iranian northern province of
      Mazandaran.

      "Farim was a major Islamic city, which was well flourished during
      the Seljuk dynastic era. Historic evidence shows that the city was
      reduced to ashes two times in the course of history due to severe
      earthquakes that hit the area during the 5th and 13th centuries AD
      which resulted in migration of those who survived to other places.
      Discovery of two skeletons which were buried beneath piles of debris
      in the vicinity of Resket tower is another proof that such
      disastrous event happened in the area in the past," said Mehdi
      Abedini, head of the excavation team in the vicinity of Resket tower
      to CHN.

      According to Abedini, evidence indicates that the skeletons must
      have belonged to two individuals who were buried while they were
      trying to take shelter when the earthquake hit. "Since the skeletons
      were discovered during the closing days of our excavations in the
      region, we covered them with soil again to pick up our excavations
      later and study the discovered skeletons," added Abedini.

      Discovery of some architectural remains near Resket Tower including
      a great white castle-like monument is one of the other achievements
      of archeologists during the first season of excavations in the
      region. This white monument was decorated with unique friezes, parts
      of which have so far been discovered by archeologists.

      "Most of the unearthed stucco decorations are engraved with phrases
      that are still not readable for us but a team of restoration experts
      in Resket tomb tower and Lajim research center are currently working
      on them," explained Abedini.

      Experts of the research center for Resket and Lajim tomb monuments
      have been able to conduct some important research on these two
      historic tombs since the inception of the center last year.


      Soudabeh Sadigh
      foreigndesk@...

      http://www.chnpress.com/news/?section=2&id=6989
    Your message has been successfully submitted and would be delivered to recipients shortly.