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Jiroft, Lost Paradise of Eastern Civilization, to be Rediscovered


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 05 December 2003




The second excavation season in the historical area of Jiroft, in the central province of Kerman, will start by end of December 2003 so that the secrets of the oldest eastern civilization may be brought to light.

According to director general of the cultural heritage department of Kerman Fakour Pas, to find out more about the five thousand year old civilization of Jiroft, the second season of excavations will start in one month, headed by Dr. Yusef Majidzadeh who will depart for Iran from France on 6th of December, and the Iranian team will most probably be accompanied by foreign Archaeologists.

Dr. Majidzadeh believes that the so far discoveries of Jiroft indicate that people with a rich civilization have dwelled there in an area as vast as Mesopotamia and Sumeria, from the first half of the third millennium B.C.

He also notes that their civilization has been completely local, not being influenced by the outside world, such as Mesopotamia, and that the works found in Jiroft have priority over those of Mesopotamia.

The excavations and studies carried out in Jiroft and the vicinity of Halil Rud have so far led to the discovery of some 80 hills and historical areas, signifying the cultural richness and the vastness of the civilization, making it comparable only to Sumeria.

The area has been dubbed “the lost paradise” by Iranian and foreign Archaeologists.




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