on a Lapis Lazuli piece from Jiroft
(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
“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.