A Cultural Heritage Research Center local archaeologist and the head of a team working on delimiting the cemetery hill in Qazvin alluvial plain told reporters on Saturday that they had been excavating the site in 68 places with depths varying between 1 and 6 meters; “the southwestern part of the site has the largest number of excavations with 28 cases. Preliminary estimations by Yousef Majidzadeh suggest the chalcolithic part of the site has a 100-hectare peripheries; our present excavations roughly found more or less the same delimitation for the site,” Nowzar Heidari told the press. “The visible scope of the cemetery hill (Iron Age and settled-industrial sections of the chalcolithic period) has been estimated to be 7 hectares before new excavations. We estimate widening the scope to 17 hectares in the near future.”
According to MNA, Heidari also added that the widening in the northern side will be the least with most widening in southwestern side of the site; “excavations uncovered pottery in good conditions; a new tomb was excavated to examine whether the newly-found tomb is part of the older tombs excavated earlier, where we found that it was part of the Iron Age cemetery and had not been discovered for a long time,” he said.
“Agricultural activities and irrigation mode have damaged the sepulchers, with most bone parts irrevocably lost,” he concluded.