skeleton of a 3000-year-old artist buried
alongside the tools used for his metalwork has
been found in Espidej of Sistan-Baluchistan.
Excavations in the 3000-year-old site of Espidej
led the archaeologists to the discovery of a tomb
belonging to an artist, buried with his tools
which include an awl, a bronze scoop, a
grindstone, and a water container used for
freezing copper and bronze.
The tools are evidence that metal arts were
blooming in the area, and even sent from Espidej
to other regions inside and outside Iran.
The discovered items, just one among the numerous
unique artifacts found in Espidej, are now under
study by archaeologists. Illegal excavators had
destroyed many of the ancient tombs in the area
before experts got to them.
According to head of the archaeology team of
Espidej site, Mohammad Heidari, next to the
skeleton and tools, a bronze statuette of a dog,
only one centimeter long, has been found, which
shows that people of the area used delicate tools
to create nice miniature vessels and statuettes.
Evidence is moreover found proving that the
artifacts were exported to other regions of Iran,
as well as other ancient civilizations, Heidari
Archaeologists have so far unearthed two
prehistoric cemeteries and gained lots of
information on Espidej site; however, much work
and excavation should still be carried out on the
historically rich area located just 25 kilometers
out of Zabol, dating back to some 3000 years ago.