22 November 2001
-- 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.
to the Cultural Heritage Organization's (CHO)
experts, each of these utensils costs more than
billions of rials, added Salari.
antiques have been illegally unearthed in the old
city of Jiroft known in the past as "Daqyanous".
objects are made of stone on which dragon, eagle,
palm tree, wild animal, and idol have been carved.
the invaluable items is a unique stone container
inlaid with pearl that according to the experts is
second to none in the world.
traffickers confessed that thousands of similar
objects had been smuggled earlier.
head of revolutionary courts added that the
discovered objects are indicators of a prehistoric
civilization along Halil river, Jiroft.
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.
numerous historic and prehistoric sites, Jiroft
lacks a museum and a CHO subsidiary.