0546 GMT January 18, 2018
The Research Institute of Iran Cultural Heritage, Handicrafts and Tourism Organization quoted Abdolmotalleb Sharifi, head of the archeological team, as saying, “The aim of the archeological excavations in Vastmin is to explore the 12 crypts remaining from 2015-2016 explorations and demarcate the precincts of the site”, IRNA reported.
He underscored the importance of conducting probing operations for determining the limits and demarcating the precincts of the 15-hectare Vastmin area.
Following the probe, he said, it was found out that there are over 250 crypts in the area.
Pointing out that one of the burial traditions in the Parthian era was to bury the horse together with its dead owner, Sharifi said, “In this tradition, they could sacrifice the horse and bury it along with the body of its owner.”
Two horse burials were discovered during the previous explorations in the site, he said.
During current excavation season, archeologists succeeded in discovering the third horse burial in the area, he noted.