tariff certificates indicate that there were
substantial trade exchanges in the region,”
Ehsan Yaghmaii added.
Bondu is located near Nurabad, 158 kilometers west
of the provincial capital Shiraz.
tariff certificates are similar to modern-day
jettons. Merchants of Toll-e Bondu certified their
goods through the clay tariff certificates, and
the number and quality of the commodities were
inscribed on them,” Yaghmaii said.
clay tariff certificates are the same size as a
match box, he added.
team of archaeologists had previously discovered
over 5000 pottery works and shards and a large
pottery workshop at the ancient site. Due to the
evidence of mass production of pottery,
archaeologists believe that the products were also
exported to other regions.
Bondu is situated between Marvdasht and Khuzestan
Province, wherein some productions of the site
were previously found. In fact, the people of
Toll-e Bondu exported their products to Susa and
Haft-Tappeh in Khuzestan and Marvdasht in Fars,
the ancient site, the team also recently
discovered an instrument which archaeologists
believe is a pen dating back to the mid-Elamite
era (1500-1100 BC).
archaeological studies are being carried out by
Kazerun Azad University and the Cultural Heritage
and Tourism Organization.