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2000-year-old coffin discovered in Hamedan
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posted May 22, 2001 10:23
Hamedan, May 21, IRNA -- A ceramic coffin dating back to 2000 years ago and belonging to Parthians era was discovered at one of the old districts of Hamedan, western Iran, on Monday. The Director General of Hamedan Cultural Heritage Organization (CHO), Habibollah Rashid-Beighi, said, "The coffin was found during excavation at the yard of a house located around Hamedan's Avicenna Hospital.
He added, "The discovered coffin was transferred to CHO laboratory of Hamedan province by experts, in order to be repaired and renovated.
He said, "The coffin, made of coarse ceramic without being enamelled, measures 1.95 cm by 48 cm and is 25 cms heigh.
He added, "The coffin has been shaped like a human body except that it is broader at higher part and narrower at lower part."
He said: "Only part of a artificial human forearm made of an unknown material has been found in the coffin."
Several ceramic coffins and ancient graves have been previously discovered at various districts of Hamedan, pointing to vast area and great population of Hamedan during different pre-Islamic periods, especially during the reign of Parthians.
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