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Seminar Takes Stock of Great Civilization and efforts to Repatriate Iranian Heritage


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 16 March 2004



A seminar titled “Jiroft, Cradle of Eastern Civilization” was held yesterday in Jiroft, Kerman, with head of Iran’s Cultural Heritage Organization (ICHO), Beheshti, head of the archeology team, Majid Zadeh, officials of the province and more than one thousand participants attending.

Beheshti pointed the signs of the civilization as brilliant and emphasized the need to safeguard the archeological remains of the area specially by local people themselves.

According to Yousef Majid Zadeh, some 25 Iranian and foreign archeologists working together in the second season of excavations in Jiroft succeeded to discover a great civilization in the area.

Following the discovery of an inscription dating back to the third millennium BC and a ziggurat constructed with more than four million adobe pieces, Majid Zadeh considers Jiroft an important historical area and one of the richest in the world; a civilization comparable to, even richer and older than the first human one, the Sumer civilization in Mesopotamia.

One of the squares of Jiroft was named after Majid Zadeh after the seminar, and the governor announced an international museum would be set up there by next year.

On the sidelines of the seminar, Beheshti talked of the negotiations with the foreign sides and attempts by ICHO and Iran’s embassies to take back some of Iran’s historical belongings now in France, Switzerland and America. “We are hoping to repatriate the national asset of Iranians,” he added.


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