Study sheds new light on vestiges of burnt fabrics found in Persepolis

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The remains of burnt fabrics, which were found in the initial excavations of UNESCO-registered Persepolis in the southern province of Fars, were examined and studied during a 10-day project.

Study sheds new light on vestiges of burnt fabrics found in Persepolis
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The small and various pieces of burnt fabrics, which have been kept in the treasure trove of the UNESCO-tagged site, were considered as remnants of the site’s palaces’ curtains, but the examination of the surface layer of this collection has shown they include a variety of different fabrics and it seems they had different usages, researcher Shahrzad Amin Shirazi said.




The project aimed at separating and identifying different parts of fabrics and prepares them for further studies and protective measures, the expert added.

Study sheds new light on vestiges of burnt fabrics found in Persepolis
Shahrzad Amin Shirazi (right) and Narguess Afzalipour from the RCCCR (Research Center for Conservation
of Cultural Relics) examining the finds from the Iranian salt mine (Douzlakh) near Chehrabad in 2019
[Credit: hbz/Judith Wallerius]

She also noted that due to their nature, fabrics are considered to be among the most vulnerable objects and for this reason, among the findings of archaeological excavations, they are much rarer and more limited than other objects, while the range of information that can be obtained from them is extensive.

Source: Tehran Times [July 24, 2020]

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