a bid to identify the exact date of some pictorial tablets in
the Iranian historical village of Maymand, Europeans and
Australian archaeologists plan to help their local counterparts.
The ancient helmet is among the oldest settlements in Iran,
where people still live there after 3,000 years. The volcanic
village, possibly over 12,000 years old, is dotted by many
pictorial tablets, though most have been left neglected so far.
“Due to the importance of these tablets in revealing
historical conditions of the region and the lack of the
state-of-arts technology in Iran to explore them, we have asked
European and Australian experts for assistance,” said Fariba
Karimi, head of the special team set up to study these ancient
A group of foreign experts are scheduled to travel to Iran late
this year in order to kickoff the early stages of the field
study, she added. Iranian archaeologists have already discovered
65 pictorial tablets, featuring scenes of hunting, battles and
such animals as dogs, horses and especially goats.
The ancient village of Maymand is located in Kerman Province,
south of Iran and is inhabited by 132 people, who have doggedly
preserved their traditional mores. Recently after the
recognition of 903 Sasanid-Pahlavi words in the language of
Maymand residents, experts have concluded the language of these
people has barely changed since 2,000 years ago, mainly because
of the isolation of their helmet after the Arab invasion in the