More Light Shed on Molavi Skeleton
The ancient skeleton, discovered in the Molavi neighborhood of Tehran has undergone preliminary studies, CHN reported. Under the auspices of the archaeology team assigned to the Molavi site, and the Research Institute of Cultural Heritage and Tourism organization (RICHT), the skeleton underwent preliminary analyses in a variety of fields including anatomy, genetics, archaeology, and anthropology. With the results now processed, it is clear that the 7,000-year skeleton belonged to a middle aged woman, supervisor of the archaeology team and member of scientific board at University of Tehran’s archaeology department Mohammad-Esmaeel Esmaeeli said. The conclusion has been reached by referring to morphological features of the skull and jaw, as well as the pelvic bone. Her mature age was deduced from the degree of fusion in the long bones and the deterioration in the dental crowns, Prehistoric anthropologist Hamed Vahdatinasab said. Since anatomical features may have changed during 7 millennia, the conclusive findings will be announced after further genetic testing.