7,000-year-old woman still on display at Tehran museum

January 7, 2016

TEHRAN – The remains of a 7-millennia-old woman is still on display at the National Museum of Iran in Tehran, although the museum has limited the visiting hours from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The museum is currently hosting “Molavi St. Discoveries and Tehran 7,000-Year-Old Woman” exhibition, which runs until February 11. It takes acts “to keep acceptable range of temperature and appropriate treatment of the remains”.


--------- 7,000-year-old remains in heart of Tehran

In November 2014, the Iranian archeology student Mahsa Vahabi accidentally stumbled upon some pottery and a pile of bones. While heading down Molavi Street near Tehran’s Grand Bazaar, she noticed a stone foundation, bones, and pieces of pottery at the bottom of a construction site for the city’s Water and Wastewater Company.

She contacted veteran archeologist Siamak Sarlak, and together they convinced the Water and Wastewater Company to suspend their operations to make room for a proper excavation, according to archeology.com.

The bones she saw proved to be part of a skeleton believed to belong to a woman who lived 7,000 years ago.

A team led by Mohammad Reza Rokni of the Archaeology Research Center has spent the months after the discovery reconstructing the skeleton’s facial features using “whole parts of the skeleton and the principle of symmetry of human skeleton to reconstruct the missing parts or parts which are unfit for the reconstruction.”

****** PHOTO: The National Museum of Iran is currently hosting “Molavi St. Discoveries and Tehran 7,000-Year-Old Woman” exhibition, which runs until February 11.


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