Iron Age pottery recovered from excavators in northern Iran

July 4, 2022 - 20:16

TEHRAN – Iranian authorities have recovered an Iron Age clay jar from a gang of unauthorized diggers in Mazandaran province, northern Iran.

The suspects were detained and surrendered to the judicial system for further investigation and trial, IRNA quoted a local police commander as saying on Monday.

Preliminary investigations suggest the earthen jar dates 2,500 years, the commander said. 

Sandwiched between the towering Alborz mountain range and the Caspian Sea, Mazandaran has a rich yet turbulent history. An early civilization flourished at the beginning of the first millennium BC in Mazandaran (Tabarestan).

Its insecure eastern and southeastern borders were crossed by Mongol invaders in the 13th and 14th centuries. Cossacks attacked the region in 1668 but were repulsed. It was ceded to the Russian Empire by a treaty in 1723, but the Russians were never secure in their occupation. The area was restored to Iran under the Qajar dynasty.

The northern section of the region consists of lowland alongside the Caspian and upland along the northern slopes of the Alborz Mountains. Marshy backlands dominate the coastal plain, and extensive gravel fans fringe the mountains. The climate is permanently subtropical and humid, with very hot summers.


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