While digging a grave, people found parts of a skeleton, a sword and other artifacts that date back to the Parthian Empire, a Persian dynasty that reigned in the 2nd century BC.
The skeleton of an ancient warrior and some artifacts were found in a cemetery in the small village of Pachi, Iran, during the burial of a victim of Covid-19. The site is close to two other archaeological sites that have ruins and debris dating back to 5,000 BC.
The discovery was accidental and happened when an excavation machine brought the remains to the surface. According to the country’s protocol, the burial of people infected with the new coronavirus requires an excavation of three meters deep. The remains, in turn, were discovered at a depth of 2.5 meters.
Mehdi Izadi, the Deputy Head of the Cultural Heritage Organization of Iran in Mazandaran Province, was present at the site and told the local media that “parts of a skeleton, a sword, a quiver, arrows, a dagger, a shield and an earthen vessel” were dug up. The findings are believed to be from a warrior from the Parthian Empire, that reigned in the region between 247 B.C. and 224 B.C.
This was one of the main Iranian political and cultural powers in Ancient Persia. Parthian art, architecture, religious beliefs, and cultural traditions contained elements from ancient Greek, Persian, Hellenistic and regional cultures. The Parthian Empire also extended on the northern banks of the Euphrates and dominated the Silk Road, one of the most important trade routes of the time.
It is worth remembering that this was not the first skeleton found in the Pachi cemetery. Izadi said that two years ago, the remains of a young girl buried in a clay pot and some bronze necklaces and bracelets from 3,500 and 5,000 years ago were also found at the site.