Journal article

Two Sasanian ossuaries from Bushehr, Iran Evidence for exposure of the dead

Molleson T ...see all

Bioarchaeology of the Near East, vol. 3 (2009) pp. 1-16

  • 5


    Mendeley users who have this article in their library.
  • 3


    Citations of this article.
Sign in to save reference


Since first discovered in the early 19th century, the ossuaries from Bushehr, Persian Gulf, have attracted attention as possible archaeological evidence for ancient Zoroastrian burial practice. This practice involved exposing cadavers to birds before the surviving remains were gathered for deposition in an ossuary. In this paper, the human remains recovered from two ossuaries at Bushehr are described. Specifically, several bones were missing, others were damaged on their surfaces, were stained, or broken, all of which can be interpreted as resulting from exposure, carrion feeding, as well as being placed in an ossuary. An overall lack of tooth marks on surviving bones and the observed differential pattern of limb and torso survival suggest that bones from the ossuaries had been exposed to bird carrion feeding.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Bushehr
  • Carrion feeding
  • Iran
  • Ossuary
  • Secondary burials
  • Zoroastrian burial rite

Get free article suggestions today

Mendeley saves you time finding and organizing research

Sign up here
Already have an account ?Sign in

Find this document

  • SGR: 79961089524
  • PUI: 362268353
  • ISSN: 18989403
  • SCOPUS: 2-s2.0-79961089524


  • Theya Molleson

Cite this document

Choose a citation style from the tabs below

Save time finding and organizing research with Mendeley

Sign up for free