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International Archaeological Seminar in Jiroft


21 December 2004

International archaeologists from Britain, France, Italy, and the United States are to participate in the Jiroft International Seminar, which is to open on January 30, 2005 in Jiroft, Kerman Province.

The seminar is being organized to introduce the recent archaeological discoveries made in the historical region of Jiroft, said Yusef Majidzadeh, the head of the Jiroft archaeological team.

Iranian and foreign experts and archaeologists are to make speeches on various civilizations of southeastern Iran and the recent excavations in the area including those at Jiroft, Shahdad, and Yahya during the four-day event.

Lamberg Karlovsky, an archaeology professor, at Harvard University, and Hally Pittman, an ancient art professor at the University of Pennsylvania, are among the guests who have been invited to attend the seminar.

Jiroft came into the spotlight nearly three years ago when reports of extensive illegal excavations and plundering of the priceless historical artifacts of the area by local people surfaced.

Since 2002, two excavation seasons have been carried out at the Jiroft site, leading to the discovery of a ziggurat made of more than four million mud bricks dating back to about 2300 B.C.

Jiroft, located in Kerman Province, is one of the richest historical areas in the world, with ruins and artifacts dating back to the third millennium B.C. and with over 100 historical sites located along the approximately 400 kilometers of the Halil Rud riverbank.

Many Iranian and foreign experts see the findings in Jiroft as signs of a civilization as great as Sumer and ancient Mesopotamia. They believe that Jiroft is the ancient city of Aratta which was described as a great civilization in an Iraqi clay inscription.



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