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,
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.