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Bronze Daggers, a Saw and 300 Pieces of Lapis Lazuli Beads Discovered in Jiroft


04 February 2006


Carvings on a Lapis Lazuli piece from Jiroft

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LONDON, (CAIS) -- Archeological excavations in Kenar Sandal area in Jiroft resulted in the discovery of two bronze daggers, a saw, and 300 lapis beads.


Most of the discovered bronze and stone tools in this area had agricultural purposes which further indicate that Kenar Sandal society was based on agricultural and not hunting as speculated earlier.

“The lapis lazuli beads discovered in a grave of woman, worn as necklaces some 5,000 years ago,” said Professor Majid Yousofzadeh, head of excavation team in Halil Rud region.

“Since the inhabitants of this region believed in afterlife, such articles were buried with the corpses as burial gifts,” added Yousofzadeh.

According to the anthropologists and archaeologists involved in Jiroft archaeological project, in 8,000 BCE the people inhabited in this area were professional craftsmen. Their source of the lapis lazuli was Badakhshan Mountains in what is known as Afghanistan, and after importing and cutting the stones they were exporting their finished works to neighbouring regions.

Four seasons of archaeological research in Halil Rud have confirmed that Jiroft was the cradle of civilization and not Mesopotamia as claimed before.




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