55 ancient objects restored in Rasht

May 1, 2021 - 18:25

TEHRAN - A total of 55 historical relics have been restored by teams of cultural heritage experts and restorers in the city of Rasht, northern Gilan province, the deputy provincial tourism chief has said. 

Tens of the relics have been discovered in the recent excavation season carried out in the Liar-Sang-Bon, an archaeological site and cemetery in the Amlash region, while others are the objects housed at the Rasht Museum, CHTN quoted Vali Jahani as saying on Saturday. 

The project involves documenting, cleaning, repairing, and restoring the objects to their closest original states, the official added. 

Back in January, DNA samples have been extracted from some ancient skeletons unearthed in Liar-Sang-Bon revealed that they date back to the Parthian (247 BC – 224 CE) and Sassanid (224 CE-651) periods.

Liar-Sang-Bon was initially identified in the Iranian calendar year 1391 (March 2012-March 2013) while its related mapping and demarcating projects were completed in 1393 and its first season of excavation commenced in 1395.

The site has undergone several archaeological surveys since then and the result has been the discovery of about 100 ancient tombs, a considerable number of historical objects, and very important information about the style and custom of burial of the people of that period.

However, the site was partly looted by antique seekers during a two-year gap in archaeological seasons. 
Amlash, now a county in Gilan province, was a small village in southeastern Gilan in 1959. The name originates from the nearby Alborz valleys where archaeological artifacts were discovered during excavations. The artifacts range in date from the late second millennium BC through the Partho-Sasanian period, but most of the objects are dated to the 9th-8th century BC.

Dating and meaning of the known objects (bronze weapons and animal figurines, human statuettes of terra cotta and bronze, pottery animal effigy vases, and burnished black, gray, or orange pottery vessels) are complicated by insufficient archaeological contexts.

Bounded by the Caspian Sea and the Republic of Azerbaijan on the north, Gilan, in the far past, was within the sphere of influence of the successive Achaemenid, Seleucid, Parthian, and Sassanid empires that ruled Iran until the 7th century CE.

Sophisticated Rasht, capital of Gilan province, has long been a weekend escape for residents of Tehran who are looking to sample the famous local cuisine and hoping for some pluvial action – it's the largest, and wettest town in the northern region. Gilan is divided into a coastal plain including the large delta of Sefid Rud and adjacent parts of the Alborz mountain range.


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