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Shark Bones Found in Jiroft


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 07 April 2004



Discovery of bones of shark and some other forms of marine life in the historical Jiroft site in southeastern Iran cast light on the trade between the local residents and people of the neighboring Persian Gulf coastlines, Iranian experts said.

Located along the Halilrud river, the Jiroft site has rendered evidence of a major civilization coinciding with the Mesopotamia civilization.

Marjan Mashkour, a Sorbonne professor and a world renowned bone expert said the discovery of sea animals bones in the historical Jiroft site more than 200 km away from the Persian gulf and Oman sea coastlines indicated the Jiroft residents used to do business with the littoral people some 5000 years ago. “It also suggests that the Jiroft residents used protein from the sea animals in their diet,” Mashkour noted. She believes the residents used such bones for decoration, pointing to a shark bone pierced for hanging.

Some 100 individual historical sites have been located along the Halilrud river as the Jiroft civilization remains stretch 400 kms along the river.

The second season of explorations in the site carried out early this year, rendered evidence of orthographic activity dating back some 3000 years ago, when orthography was invented in Mesopotamia. The explorations also led to finding of a large ziggurat, believed to be the largest in the world, in which more than 4 million bricks had been used. The ziggurat is thought to have been built in 2300 B.C.

Many Iranian and international archaeologists believe what has so far been discovered in the area indicates the existence of a civilization as big as Mesopotamia and summer in Iraq.

Yousef Majidzadeh, credited with bringing the site to the attention of the world, is on the belief that Jiroft is the ancient city of art referred to as a major civilization in a clay tablet discovered in Iraq.



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