Archaeologists to demarcate Elamite site of Jubji

TEHRAN — A team of archaeologists is heading to Jubji next week to demarcate the Elamite site near Ramhormoz in Khuzestan Province.

The demarcation project aims to convince cultural officials to halt construction of an irrigation canal as well as the building of water and gas pipelines projects, which are currently being pursued in the region, the Persian service of CHN reported on Thursday.

The construction of the irrigation canal resulted in discovery of two U-shaped coffins along with a great number of artifacts in May 2007.

In 2007, a 40-hectar perimeter had initially been determined for the Jubji site during the first season of studies carried out after the discovery of the coffins, team director Arman Shishegar said on Thursday.

“The team plans to precisely demarcate the site during the second season that will begin next week” he added.

The U-shaped coffins containing skeletons of a girl and a woman, who are surmised to have been members of an Elamite royal family, were placed in a stone grave.

During the first season of excavations, Shishegar’s team found five rings of power among the artifacts in the coffins.

One of the rings bears the name of Shutur-Nahhunte, who ruled between 585-539 BC.

Based on the large quantity of valuable artifacts found in the coffins, the archaeologists believe that the girl and the woman most likely had been Shutur-Nahhunte’s relatives or family members.

Tehran Times

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