Thousand-year-old tomb, relics discovered in southwest Iran

Tehran – An ancient tomb in Chitab, southwest Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province was accidentally discovered by local farmers.

While working on their farmland, farmers came across an ancient grave, believed to date back to the first millennium BCE, the province’s deputy tourism chief said.

Three 3,000-year-old clay utensils were also found in the tomb, Rahim Dadinejad said on Tuesday.

A team of archaeologists and cultural heritage experts are exploring the ancient tomb and to continue farming activities, a temporary water channel has been designed to reach agricultural farms, the official added.

The province of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad is known for its nomads and its nomadic life. Tourists can live with a nomadic or rural family for a period of time or enjoy an independent stay and assist them in everyday life. It also allows you to feel the rustic routines, their agriculture, traditions, arts and culture.

Iran is home to one of the oldest continuous major civilizations in the world, encompassing settlements dating back to 4000 BC. It is also home to some of the oldest cultural monuments in the world, including bazaars, museums, mosques, bridges, public baths, madrasas, gardens, rich natural and rural landscapes as well as 24 World Heritage sites from the UNESCO.

The name Iran, formerly known as Persia, primarily refers to the First Persian Empire, ruled by the Achaemenids (circa 550 – 330 BC) and sites such as Pasargadae and Persepolis. However, there are dozens of prehistoric sites like the Burnt City in Sistan-Balochistan, Tepe Sialk in Kashan, Susa and Chogha Zanbil in Khuzestan Province, and Ecbatana in Hamedan that predate the Achaemenid period.

From a broader perspective, Iranian history can be divided into pre-Islamic and Islamic eras. The Medes unified Iran as a nation and empire in 625 BC. The Islamic conquest of Persia (633–656) which ended the powerful Sassanid Empire (224–651) was a turning point in the nation’s history.


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