Bani Surmah

Bani Surmah


The excavations at the Bani Surmah graveyard in Pusht-i Kuh Luristan were conducted in 1966 and 1967 (2nd and 3rd expedition). Thirty-seven tombs made of stone boulders were excavated. Some were small and measured between two and four meters in length. Most, however, were much larger and measured ten meters or more in length. Most tombs were collective and were used by several generations. The burial goods cover almost the whole third millennium. Bani Surmah is located in the sub-region I of the Pusht-i Kuh, which is the closest to Mesopotamia. Many of the objects found in the tombs, such as common and painted pottery, seals and metalwork are of Mesopotamian origin.


E. Haerinck, B. Overlaet, Bani Surmah: An Early Bronze Age Graveyard in Pusht-i Kuh, Luristan (Luristan Excavation Documents VI), Leuven: Peeters, 2006.


Bani Surmah (Sub-fonds)

Dates of creation of material:





Luristan excavation team (Dir. L. Vanden Berghe)


1 box


Dutch, French


The collection is mostly comprised of field notes, object records, plans, object and pottery drawings, photographic documents

Storage place:

Royal Museum for Art and History, Brussels

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For research purpose only

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Archivist's note:

Sub-fonds, series and file level descriptions created by V. Van der Stede (June 2014)

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