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6000-Year-Old Clay Coupons Discovered in Southern Iran


02 July 2005



A team of archaeologists recently discovered 6000-year-old clay coupons during excavations at Rahmatabad Tepe in the Marvdasht region of Fars Province, the director of the team said on Saturday.


“The archaeologists have unearthed 12 square-shaped coupons, indicating that the people of the region had economic and commercial ties with neighboring regions in the fourth and fifth millenniums BC. The artifacts will definitely provide useful information on the economic, commercial, and social status of the people living in the region during the time,” Hassan Fazeli Nashli added.


On June 5, a team of Iranian and foreign archaeologists began a new phase of excavations at the mound, which is located near Pasargadae in the Marvdasht region.


The team, made up of experts from the Parseh and Pasargadae Foundation and the Archaeology Institute of the University of Tehran led by Fazeli, and a number of U.S. archaeologists led by Reinhard Bernbeck and Susan Pollock from Binghamton University, has been tasked with saving the artifacts and gathering information from the ancient site, which is threatened by road construction and the canals that will transport water from the Sivand Dam, which is scheduled to become operational at the ancient site of Tang-e Bolaghi in March.


The team also plans to revise the dating of the region through exact stratigraphy and to carry out palynological and phytological studies on the region.


Located 140 kilometers north of Shiraz, the provincial capital of Fars, Rahmatabad Tepe is one of the most significant ancient sites in the Marvdasht region. The tepe dates to the Chalcolithic era like the Tall-e Bakun site on the plain of Persepolis.


Many unique artifacts have been discovered at the site by Iranian experts during their geophysical surveys.


This phase of the excavation work at Rahmatabad Tepe will continue for one more month.  




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