archaeologists recently discovered a 6000-year-old
rocky habitation with more than 800 cells in the
Barez Mountains, east of the Halil-Rud River in
southern Kerman Province, the director of the
archaeological team working in the Halil-Rud River
area said on Wednesday.
“The rocky village is located at a height of 250
meters with two and four square meter cells. The
habitation is Iran’s most ancient rock residence
ever discovered,” Davud Abyan added.
The Jiroft region was one of the first places
where civilization and urbanization were
The Halil-Rud plains are covered with over 100,000
ancient shards, but no written documents
identifying the ancient inhabitants of the region
have been discovered yet.
“We surmise that the people of ancient Jiroft
lived in the rocky habitation,” Abyan said.
Last week, Abyan announced that his team had
discovered the ruins of a once prosperous Islamic
city near the town of Anbarabad in the Halil-Rud
They had also excavated a major industrial center
dating back to approximately 3000 B.C. in
Anbarabad. During the recent studies, kilns and
the ruins of pottery workshops and several other
workshops which manufactured brass and marble
products were also discovered in the center, which
covers an area of 30,000 square meters.
Unfortunately, smugglers have also been making
illegal excavations at the Jiroft site over the
past few months.
Last summer, several packages containing over 100
artifacts smuggled from the Jiroft site to Britain
were discovered at London’s Heathrow Airport.
Airport customs officials handed over 30 of the
artifacts to the Iranian Embassy in London last
November and December.