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600,000 Ancient Potsherds Identified in Halilrood Plain


30 January 2005




Some 600 thousand potsherds dating to 6000 years ago have been identified in Iran’s oldest rocky residence, east of Halilrood River, Kerman Province.

The archeological sites of Halilrood, located in Jiroft, in the central province of Kerman, are one of the most important sites dating to the time when civilizations started to settle down and form cities.

During the past two weeks, archeologists working in the area discovered a village high on the mountain with residences curved out of the rocks, which measured two to four square meters and each included one or two rooms.

Studies carried out in the area of the ancient rocky village have led to the discovery of architectural remains and numerous potsherds of diverse models, head of the team in charge of studying the Halilrood Plain, Davoud Abian, told CHN.

More than 600 thousand potsherds have so far been identified in the village. They are either yellowish or red, are of different simple models, and are created with great special techniques. Abian says that the great number of the potsherds shows that pottery making was one of the popular jobs of that time and the products were exported to other areas as an economic activity. More than 120 archeological sites have so far been identified in a 400 kilometer long area of Halilrood River, in Jiroft, Kerman, which experts believe has once been a civilization as vast as the Sumerian one of Mesopotamia.



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