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5000-Years-Old Stone-Goblet Stolen from Jiroft Found in Yazd
30 April 2006
(CAIS) -- A 5000-year-old stone goblet with the
design of two lions, two scorpions, and four wolves carved on it which had been
stolen by illegal smugglers from Jiroft was seized in the city of Bafgh in Yazd
province by the police department.
“The police department of Bafgh succeeded in finding an antique goblet made of
soapstone belonging to the third millennium BC. Designs of the head of two
lions, two scorpions, and four wolves can be seen all around this bowl,” said
Mohammad Reza Fotouhi, director of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Organization of Bafgh to CHN.
According to Fotouhi, the height of this goblet is between 20 to 24 centimeters
and the lion heads on the two sides of it served as handles.
Experts believe that the discovery of this goblet and other stone artifacts can
be used as a proof to Iran’s claim in international courts for the ownership
of the articles which were smuggled across Iran’s borders to other countries
and are currently being kept in some of the world museums.
Halil Rud historical site, located on the basin of Halil Rud River in Kerman
province, once enjoyed a rich civilization. A large number of stone, clay and
architectural remains have been discovered during the excavations in this
historical site so far. The wide plundering of the historical and archeological
relics by smugglers led to the lost of a lot of these invaluable evidences. Most
of these historical relics were taken outside the country illegally and are
being kept in galleries outside Iran. Unfortunately, those who now possess these
artifacts deny that they actually belong to Jiroft’s civilization and thus
refuse to give them back to Iran. To bring these ancient relics back to the
country, Iran has asked for an international court to redeem its stolen
Plundering of Matot Abad cemetery by the smugglers which was an unbelievable
disaster in the history of archeology attracted the attention of the public to
this region for the first time.
The discovered stone objects in Jiroft belonging to the first half of the third
millennium BC point to the developed art of carving on stones at that time which
was more developed than that of Mesopotamia.
Analytical studies on relics found in Jiroft in a research center in the United
States indicate that the discovered materials in this region date back to the
third millennium BC. Considering an inscription found earlier in the region,
archeologists believe that the writing language of Jiroft is more ancient than
that of Mesopotamia and that the script language was transferred to Mesopotamia
from this region.
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