Near East


  •  The mummified sheep leg. (Image: Deutsches Bergbau-Museum Bochum and Zanjan Cultural Heritage Centre, Archaeological Museum of Zanjan) 2021-07-16 21:56

    1,600-year-old ‘salt sheep’ from Iran reveals same genetic traits as modern breeds

    TEHRAN – A team of geneticists and archaeologists from Iran, Ireland, France, Germany, and Austria has sequenced the DNA from a 1,600-year-old sheep mummy discovered earlier from an ancient salt mine in west-central Iran.

  • 20 wonderful, must-see cultural sites in Iran 2020-08-12 00:07

    By Afshin Majlesi

    20 wonderful, must-see cultural sites in Iran

    If you ask foreign visitors to Iran about the most characteristic future they discovered during excursions in the ancient land, the most possible answers may be somewhat like these: “It is the friendliest country on Earth with loads of warm-hearted welcome!”; “It is the jewel in Islam’s crown in terms of architecture”; “Being home to fascinating cultural heritage sites”; or “a land where echoes of ancient civilizations still resonate down through the ages!”