9,000 yr old mysterious burial ritual discovered in Iran


As reported by the Discoveryon academic website on May 18, 2009, archeologists at Iran’s Sialk Mound recently discovered a mysterious burial ritual dated to approximately 9,000 years ago. Sialk is located in the center of Iran.

The ancient Sialk Ziggurat located near the city of Kashan, is generally acknowledged to be tone of the focal origins of technology, industry and even religious thought in Iran. Recentl discoveries have shed new light on the genesis of religious rituals in ancient Iran.

Iran’s Press TV reported on May 11, 2009 that an Iranian-Polish archeological team have come upon a fascinating discovery at Sialk: a mysterious burial ritual.

Hassan Fazeli (the director of Iran’s Archeology Research Center) has stated:

In this 9,000-year-old practice, four bodies were burned at a heat of 400 to 700 degrees. The ash and remains of the bodies were then buried in a jar…Traces of red petals were found in the jar. Archeologists believe red flowers signified life and eternity in ancient PersiaA burial ritual encompassing burning has never been observed in Iran…It makes the rare discovery of great importance

An ancient skeleton discovered at the Sialk site.

The recent exciting discoveries have resulted in the convergence of a larger archaeological team at the site. These include archaeologists not just from Iran but France, Italy, England and Germany. This new team has been examining the northern mound at the site for a week.

Pottery from Sialk. This particular item has been dated to 1000-800 BC and is now housed at the British Museum.  

Congresswoman Harmon retracts Iran “Separation” Statements


According to a report by NIAC (forwarded by Javad Yassari to Iranian.com), Congresswoman Jane Harman has fully retracted her statement on dividing Iran along ethnic-linguistic lines. Specifically, Harman has retracted the portion of her statement regarding the “separation” of Iran’s ethnic groups and regrets the concern it has caused. Harman had recently called on the division of Iran along ethnic lines.

Harmon stated to NIAC:

I was not and am not calling for the creation of ethnic tensions or separation in Iran – nothing would be less productive…Although my comments on Iran were taken out of context, I regret any concern they might have caused…My point was that the diversity of views in Iran should be better understood in order for the United States to formulate the best strategy for persuading the Iranian government not to pursue nuclear weapons development,” 


Congresswoman Jane Harmon has retracted her earlier comments regarding the division of Iran along ethno-linguistic lines

Harman’s statements supporting Balkanization arose during the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) annual conference. Harmon’s answer regarding preventing Iran from developing a nuclear weapon was as follows:

“The Persian population in Iran is not a majority, it is a plurality. There are many different, diverse, and disagreeing populations inside Iran and an obvious strategy, which I believe is a very good strategy, is to separate those populations.”

Following Harman’s retraction, Reza Firouzbakht, the Chairman of NIAC stated:

This is an important statement from Rep. Harman…It makes clear that while there are many opinions about how to address the Iranian nuclear challenge, some options are simply not acceptable.”

Credit is given to all members of the Iranian-American community to confront the potential conmsequences of Congresswoman Harman’s statements. Indeed the Iranian diaspora community responded promptly. A petition was quickly circulated which by May 22, 2009 had collected 10,723 signatures.

Kaveh Farrokh Receives 2009 Scholarship and Merit Award


This News item was announced in the widely consulted Payvand Iran News Website on May 5, 2009:

Iran Heritage, Persian Gulf, and Iran Alliance 2009 Scholarship and  Merit Awards

The selection committee and board members are pleased to announce the 2009 recipients of Scholarship and Merit Awards. Some of the criteria used to evaluate individuals were: (a) difficulty of the tasks, (b) length of time devoted to the community, and (c) their innovative ideas to help the Iranian community.

For scholarship, the recipient is Mr. Saeed Tasbihsazan. In the Merit category, the Awards go to Dr. Pirouz Mojtahed-Zadeh and Dr. Kaveh Farrokh. For those who follow our country’s events, these individuals do not need any introduction. However, a brief bio of each will follow to give others a chance to get to know them.

The honorees will receive gifts to demonstrate our appreciation for their hard work and for their dedication to our community. With their efforts, we have been able to raise awareness in the international press about our rights and our heritage.

Please join us in congratulating these fine individuals and in wishing them well for many years to come.

Board members of Iran Heritage, Persian Gulf, and Iran Alliance
Mohammad Ala and Javad Fakharzadeh
http://www.iran-heritage.org, http://www.persiangulfonline.org, http://www.iranalliance.org

Dr. Pirouz Mojtahed-Zadeh

Dr. Pirouz Mojtahed-Zadeh has been a professor of Political Geography and Geopolitics in Iran and aboard. He was born in Nour (Mazandaran – Iran) by the Caspian Sea in 1946 and is married with two daughters. He is internationally known for his major contribution to the studies of the issues of the Middle East and its two adjacent regions of the Persian Gulf and Caspian Sea, as well as regularly contributing to international media on various subjects related to the security arrangements of these regions. He completed his Ph.D. in Political Geography at Oxford (1979) and London (1993) universities. He has lectured extensively in Europe, North America, Middle East and Far East. Dr. Mojtahed-Zadeh’s publications in Persian includes 16 books, a large number of book chapters and encyclopedic pieces as well as more than 400 articles and research papers published in reputable Persian journals at home and abroad.

Dr. Kaveh Farrokh

Dr. Farrokh obtained his undergraduate arts degree in May 1985 and his Ph.D. on September 24, 2001 from the University of British Columbia, where he specialized in the study of cognitive and linguistic processes of Persian speakers. As a result of his life experience, education, and studies of linguistics, Dr. Farrokh now speaks English, German, French, and Persian. He also has a working understanding of at least three living languages, Provencal, Italian, Dutch, and Kurmanji Kurdish, as well as two ancient languages, Latin and Pahlavi. He has also lived in and traveled to several countries, including Germany, France, England, Belgium, Italy, Russia, and Iran. Dr. Farrokh has been recognized as an expert in the field of Iranian history and linguistics.

Mr. Saeed Tasbihsazan

Mr. Tasbihsazan was born in the city of Urmia to Mashhadi parents in Abaan 1356. He left Iran to work on his Engineering degree in Electronics Engineering at the University of South Australia.  He started his professional life in IT immediately after leaving the university at the age of 21 and has been in the field ever since. Mr. Tasbihsazan’s father has been a strong voice for Persian history and culture and was a major influence in shaping his childhood and existing world view and ideology. To date, he has sent several thousands of emails, notes, and web comments to various organizations throughout the world. Mr. Tasbihsazan has been successful in over 300 cases in eliminating incorrect names for the Persian Gulf from various websites, papers and news agencies.