brick tablet unearthed in the vicinity of Jiroft proves
that the civilization of the area along Halilroud river
near the city of Jiroft dates back to the first half of
the third millennium BC.
archaeologist from the US University of Pennsylvania,
Professor Holly Pittman, said Monday that the issue had
been declared at the area by the Iranian archaeologist and
head of archaeological delegation, Professor Yousef
Majidzadeh, last year.
Pittman added that the tablet had been unearthed in the
process of this year's excavations at Halilroud historical
site on January 27. According to Professor Majidzadeh, the
manuscripts on the brick tablet have been identified to
belong to the Ilamid era.
"The most distinguished Ilamid script dating back to
the second half of the third millennium BC has been
discovered in Susa. "The most ancient type of it
known as preliminary Ilamid script has been produced about
3,000 years BC," he added.
Majidzadeh noted that samples of the specified script have
already been unearthed in excavations conducted at Susa,
Tal-e Milan, Siyalk, Ozbaki, Hessar, Yahya and Shahr-e
Soukhte (Burnt City) near the city of Zabol in Khuzestan
He said that some information on the origin of Ilamid
script will possibly be found in the area in latest stages
of the excavations. "Industrial stones, in particular
decorative beads and small-scale stones discovered in the
area such as marble and jasper have also been discovered
at the area," he added.
Both professors along with other members of the
archaeological group from University of Pennsylvania
believe that the discovery of the brick tablet and
evidence of trade exchange of the locally extracted stones
and metals with foreign dealers indicated that the ancient
monarchy enjoying a glorious art ruled over Halilroud
The third phase of archaeological excavations at the
vicinity of northern and southern Kenar Sandal area was
launched under the supervision of Professor Majidzadeh.
The project is being conducted jointly by an Iranian and
international archaeological team comprising 13
archaeologists and 15 Iranian experts.
Some 150 workers are currently involved in excavation
process in the area which will continue for one month.
Halilroud civilization site spreads 400 km along the river
to the same name.