View Full Version : 7,000 Year-old female found in Tehran was infected

Jean M
02-03-2016, 11:47 PM

Experts at the Health Faculty of the Tehran University of Medical Sciences have carried out a scientific examination of the remains of a 7,000 year-old body of a female resident of ancient Tehran.

Test results showed that the body was infected by a type of pinworm called Enterobiasis.

This infection is caused by a worm found in enclosed spaces, and is easily transmitted between family members.

The outcome of various studies and tests carried out on this amazingly well-preserved body are available in a professional journal called Parasites and Vectors, which is accessible on the internet.

The skeleton was discovered last year during sewage excavation works in Molavi St. in downtown Tehran, and now is on display in a special glass case in the Iranian National Museum near the Grand Bazar.

02-04-2016, 09:10 AM
She'd be a perfect candidate for DNA testing... The time and location corresponds very nicely with the farming community expansion out of the South Caucasus that contributed to the material culture of the BMAC.

02-04-2016, 09:23 AM
She'd be a perfect candidate for DNA testing... The time and location corresponds very nicely with the farming community expansion out of the South Caucasus that contributed to the material culture of the BMAC.

Forget it. They already have achaemenid era, Sassanian and Parthian era remains, which were prime for genetic sequencing and would give an interesting insight and be subject to illuminating the answers to a lot of questions, regarding the genetic reality of Iran. And they're all well-preserved findings from a salt mine. But they've yet to do anything about it. I'm not sure if there is a political reason or a lack of interest. But this is not the first time, I see, a complete absence of interest in getting these findings into a serious archaeo-genetic study.


I honestly think it's lack of funding, as the above article suggests. These findings won't be seriously studied until they become interesting in lieu to Europe or some other state with a well established institute(like the max planck) and funding. I don't blame them however, as this branch of archaeo-genetics is relatively new, and most likely the methodology and techniques aren't well established. And a state like Iran with a limited budget likely has more crucial fields of study.

Jean M
02-04-2016, 02:10 PM
Here is the actual article: Niloofar Paknazhad, Gholamreza MowlaviEmail author, Jean Dupouy Camet, Mohammad Esmaeili Jelodar, Iraj Mobedi, Mahsasadat Makki, Eshrat Beigom Kia, Mostafa Rezaeian, Mehdi Mohebali, Siamak Sarlak and Faezeh Najafi, Paleoparasitological evidence of pinworm (Enterobius vermicularis) infection in a female adolescent residing in ancient Tehran (Iran) 7000 years ago, Parasites & Vectors, Published: 22 January 2016


The Molavi street archeological site south of Tehran accidentally provided a unique opportunity for paleoparasitological studies in Iran. A female skeleton was unearthed and evaluated to be 7000 years old. Soil samples were collected around the pelvic and sacrum bones. Careful microscopic investigation of rehydrated soil samples revealed the presence of one Enterobius vermicularis egg attached to the skeleton sacral region.

The Molavi Street archeological site is located in the south of Tehran near the city’s Grand Bazaar. The site became widely highlighted in newspapers and news broadcasts when, in 2014, a piece of ancient pottery was found in soil close to a civil water and sewage construction project. Subsequent excavations, revealed a skeleton found in a fetal position, four meters under the street surface. Thermoluminescence dating of pottery found nearby the skeleton provided two dates: 6870  300 and 6950  280 BP.

The present finding likely represents the oldest evidence of a human pinworm infection in Asia.

02-04-2016, 02:24 PM
Ancient Iranian genomes incuding Y-DNA are among the biggest lacunae in archaeo-genetics and the political and identitarian dimensions are as big as the genetic lacunae.