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Jiroft Lived on Developed Agriculture 5000 Years Ago


28 January 2005


Archeological studies carried out on the tools unearthed in Jiroft have shown that 5000 years ago as towns started to shape up, the residents of the Jiroft enjoyed a developed agricultural industry.

Jiroft historical sites which are located next to Halil Roud River, in the central province of Kerman, are evidence of a rich ancient civilization once residing there. So far more than 120 archeological sites including stone tools, crocks, and architectural remains, have been discovered in a 400-kilometer-long area which the archeologists have named "the Lost Heaven."

Studies have been carried out on more than 500 stone tools recovered there, announced head of the team working on stone tools, Jalal-ed-din Rafi' Far. They prove that the tools were mostly used for agricultural activities, which were quite developed for the time, Rafi' Far told CHN.

The tools display the great developed techniques used for their creation, which in turn indicate the civilization's developed agricultural industry. Sediments and remains of plants are still visible on the tools.

The scholars working in the area have also found some hunting tools, but the abundance of the agricultural ones have made them believe that people of Jiroft lived mostly on agricultural products.

The third season of archeological excavations in Jiroft started one month ago with more than 20 Iranian, French, and American experts taking part.

The recent works have moreover led to the discovery of some carved stones throughout the sites. Head of the archeology team of Jiroft, Majidzadeh, told CHN that unearthing the masonry workshops of the area with the help of these carved stones is one of the team’s newest goals.



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