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60 Antique Utensils Seized in Jiroft



Thursday, 22 November 2001



JIROFT -- Sixty antique utensils dating back to prehistoric era were seized from the traffickers here, Head of Revolutionary Courts in Jiroft and Kahnouj, Daad-Khoda Salari, told IRNA Tuesday.

According to the Cultural Heritage Organization's (CHO) experts, each of these utensils costs more than billions of rials, added Salari.

The antiques have been illegally unearthed in the old city of Jiroft known in the past as "Daqyanous".

The objects are made of stone on which dragon, eagle, palm tree, wild animal, and idol have been carved.

Among the invaluable items is a unique stone container inlaid with pearl that according to the experts is second to none in the world.

The traffickers confessed that thousands of similar objects had been smuggled earlier.

The head of revolutionary courts added that the discovered objects are indicators of a prehistoric civilization along Halil river, Jiroft.

Salari warned if three branches of the government do not make an immediate decision, huge unrivaled national assets of this region will be illegally taken abroad, inflicting the country millions of dollars in damage for bringing them back.

Despite numerous historic and prehistoric sites, Jiroft lacks a museum and a CHO subsidiary.


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