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