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6,000-year-old site in southeast Iran yields huge cache of earthenware


Sunday, 30 January 2005



Iranian archaeologists have unearthed over 600,000 intact earthenware pottery works and shards in the newly discovered 6000-year-old rocky habitation near the Halil-Rud River cultural area, where the ancient site of Jiroft is located, the director of the archaeological team working in the area announced on Sunday.


“Our team has discovered a great number of intact potteries and a large amount of shards, the volume of which reaches one meter in height in some areas,” Davud Abyan said.


The team 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.


Glazed in crimson and tan, the pottery was created in various shapes, some with spouts, and a special technique was employed in making the works, Abyan said.


“The great amount of earthenware indicates that pottery making was the main occupation of the people living in the region, and they exported the products to other places,” he added.


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.


The Jiroft region was one of the first places where civilization and urbanization were established about 5000 years ago.


Many Iranian and foreign experts see the findings in Jiroft as signs of a civilization as great as Sumer. Iranian archaeologist Yusef Majidzadeh believes that Jiroft is the ancient city of Aratta, which was described as a great civilization in an ancient Sumerian clay inscription.  




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