Archeological explorations in the historical
Jiroft area have entered a new stage after the discovery of a
large adobe structure containing some one million pieces of mud
bricks, head of the explorations team said.
The historical Jiroft area, known as the archeologists' lost
paradise, enjoys a rich civilization which has already been
combed by archeologists and illegal excavators who have come up
with many stone, pottery and architectural remains from the
third millennium B.C.
Yousef Majidzadeh noted the mud brick construction was a two-storey
structure 15 meters high.
"More than one million mud bricks have been used in the
construction of the structure. The area of the ground floor is
400x400 meters while the upper floor is 250x250 meters,"
Stressing the significance of the find, Yousefzadeh said the
huge number of mud bricks used suggested many workers, artisans
and craftsmen must have worked there. "And this indicates
the existence of a major civilization," he inferred.
Archeologists believe the discovery and determination of its use
in the future can contribute a lot to knowing about the Jiroft
civilization, answering so many questions facing archeologists.
Some 10 renowned archeologists from prestigious universities
including Sorbonne, Nantes, Pennsylvania and Harvard
specializing in various branches of archeology are taking part
in the explorations by the Halilrud river, which started about a
More than 85 historical sites have so far been identified along
the 400 km Halilrud river in the southeastern Iranian province
Many archeologists maintain what has so far surfaced in the area
is indicative of settlement in a swathe of land as large as the
civilizations of Mesopotamia and Sumer.
Yousefzadeh, who is credited with being the first to draw
attention to the civilization, believes it is older and richer
than the Sumer civilization, widely known as the oldest human
civilization. He points out stone relics from Jiroft have
surfaced in other historical areas, including Sumer.