artifacts were found during previous illegal excavations in the region,
expert Nader Alidad Soleymani said on Tuesday.
are rare items among them, one of which bears the image of a man. The
image was not observed on any item in the region in the past,” he said,
adding that the returned artifacts date back to the third millennium BC
and are very important for archaeologists.
of the Jiroft region have returned over one hundred items to the local
cultural heritage office over the past two years since the Cultural
Heritage and Tourism Organization (CHTO) began informing people of the
great importance of the ancient artifacts.
officials have also encouraged people to return the artifacts by promising
them that their names would be engraved on the returned items.
located in Kerman Province, is one of the richest historical areas in the
world, with ruins and artifacts dating back to the third millennium BC and
with over 100 historical sites located along the approximately 400
kilometers of the Halil Rud riverbank.
Iranian and foreign experts see the findings in Jiroft as signs of a
civilization as great as Sumer and ancient Mesopotamia. They believe that
Jiroft is the ancient city of Aratta, which was described as a great
civilization in a Sumerian clay inscription.