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Size of Espidež Seals Indicates Social Rank of Owners

 

03 April 2005

 

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- Size of Espidež Seals Indicates Social Rank of Owners

 

Recent studies on the seals discovered at the historical site of Espidež near Zabol, reveal the fact that social status of the owners was recognized by the size of the seals.

 

The class of people and their social positions were obvious due to the size of the seals, therefore, the bigger the size, the higher the rank!

 

The largest seal found at the site was 6.5 x 6.5 centimeter bearing a spiral form resembling sea wave, said the head of the team, Mohammad Heydari on Sunday.

 

“The big seal belonged to the person whose properties show he was a popular person in his hometown,” he said, adding that the studies on the seals indicate that larger seals had more complicated patterns on.

 

The smallest seal was only eight millimeters bearing a simple letter looking like ‘H’, he noted.

 

Imprints of animals like lion, eagle, horse, and duck as well as shapes of plants, human beings, and geometrical patterns were seen on the seals made of stone, copper, or brass, he stated.

 

Espidež is located 25 kilometers from Zabol in southeastern Iran. It is over 3000 years old and contains two ancient graveyards.

 

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