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Findings on the Eating Habits of Jiroft Inhabitants


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 26 April 2004



Studies carried out on animals’ bones discovered in the historical area of Jiroft have shown that five thousand years ago, its inhabitants used farm animals as their source of protein.

Architectural remains and indications of a great civilization contemporary to that of the Mesopotamia are so far discovered in the historical site of Jiroft, which is called the Lost Paradise by archaeologists.

According to professor Marjan Mashkor of Sorbone University, France, who specializes in studying bones, during excavations in the archaeological site of Jiroft, remains of bones from animals such as cows, sheep, zebra, rabbit, gazelle, boar and some birds have been discovered. The abundance of the bones of cows, sheep and goat in the area shows that the citizens of Jiroft used their meat as the main source of protein.

They also hunted animals from time to time and the bones of wild animals unearthed in Jiroft is proof of the area’s fine ecosystem and weather conditions prone for wild life five thousand years ago, probably with vast green areas.

The historical areas of Jiroft, in the central province of Kerman, located at the side of Halil Roud River, are of invaluable archaeological sites of the world, where so far manuscripts from 3000 years ago and the largest ziggurat structure of the world from 2300 B.C. have been discovered.

Head of the excavation team of Jiroft Majidzadeh believes that the findings in Jiroft are indications of its being the ancient city of Aratta, mentioned as a great civilization in a clay inscription discovered in khvarvaran province, (today Iraq).



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