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  • Yigal Levin
    1. From =========================================== Bones Suggest Women Went
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      Bones Suggest Women Went to War in Ancient Iran
      Sat Dec 4, 2004 08:47 AM ET

      TEHRAN (Reuters) - These days Iranian women are not even allowed to watch
      men compete on the football field, but 2,000 years ago they could have
      been carving the boys to pieces on the battlefield.

      DNA tests on the 2,000-year-old bones of a sword-wielding Iranian warrior
      have revealed the broad-framed skeleton belonged to woman, an
      archaeologist working in the northwestern city of Tabriz said on Saturday.

      "Despite earlier comments that the warrior was a man because of the metal
      sword, DNA tests showed the skeleton inside the tomb belonged to a female
      warrior," Alireza Hojabri-Nobari told the Hambastegi newspaper.

      He added that the tomb, which had all the trappings of a warrior's final
      resting place, was one of 109 and that DNA tests were being carried out on
      the other skeletons.

      Hambastegi said other ancient tombs believed to belong to women warriors
      have been unearthed close to the Caspian Sea.

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      2. From <http://www.payvand.com/news/04/nov/1255.html>

      DNA Tests to Detect Iron Age Dwellers' Race, Skin Color

      A group Iranian heritage and academic experts plan to conduct DNA tests on
      bones of people dating back to the Iron Age to discern their race,
      complexion color and endemic diseases at that time, in the most daunting
      project for local archeology in recent memory, Iranian Cultural Heritage
      News Agency reported.

      Studies show the Iron Age people used to dwell in Persia from 2,500 BC to
      500 BC, leaving behind a telltale sign in the form of grey potteries. The
      funerary artifacts unearthed in Irans ancient cemeteries indicated those
      people took pride in their multifaceted and diversified culture and
      religious beliefs, though the dearth of knowledge on their settlements has
      frustrated archeologists.

      A relatively young scientific approach among local archeologists, DNA
      tests would hopefully unravel mysteries of one the most intriguing epoch
      of human history.

      Now a team archeologists in Tarbiat Modarres University (TMU) in Tehran
      and Irans Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (CHTO) plan to embark
      on a fact-finding mission, on the orders of CHTOs president Hussein
      Marashi.

      Dr. Alireza Hozhabri Nobari, an archeologist in TMU who pioneered DNA
      tests on skeletons dug out from graves in the northwestern city of Tabriz,
      believes the approach could lead to solving some Iron Age mysteries.
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