Earthquake Victims Unearthed after 800 Years in Mazandaran
- 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
"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
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.