Iranian police seize ancient relics of smuggler

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TEHRAN – Six historical objects were recently confiscated from a smuggler in Aligudarz, in the western province of Lorestan, a senior police official in charge of cultural heritage protection said on Friday, CHTN reported.

“Six relics including a human-shaped object, two coins, a ring, a metal sculpture and a small metal object in the shape of a human foot, were recovered by officers during a car inspection” , said Mohammdreza Moradian.

The antiquity and historical significance of the six objects are being studied by the province’s cultural heritage experts, the official added.

The culprit was arrested in this connection and handed over to the judicial authorities for further investigation, he noted.

Lorestan, which is a region of raw beauty, was inhabited by Iranian Indo-European peoples, including the Medes, c. 1000 BC. The Cimmerians and Scythians ruled the region intermittently from around 700 to 625 BC. The Luristan bronzes, renowned for their eclectic array of Assyrian, Babylonian and Iranian artistic motifs, date from this turbulent period.

Lorestan was incorporated into the growing Achaemenid Empire around 540 BC and was successively part of the Seleucid, Parthian and Sasanian dynasties.

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