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of the First Susian Governments Discovered in Shushtar
24 February 2006
(CAIS) -- Archaeological excavations in Tal-e
Abouchizan in Shushtar in Khuzestan province resulted in
the discovery of three stamp-seals date back to 5,000 BCE
in this historical site. These seals were made of tar and
must have been used for sealing the storehouses in which
goods were kept. This is the first time such seals have
been discovered in a historical site in Khuzestan
province. Although similar stamps were discovered in some
of the graves from Susa, it is the first time such
evidence has been discovered in the archaeological layers
These seals indicate the existence of a socio-political
disciplinary system in the society at that time which led
to the establishment of the first governments in that
“Most probably the seals were used for controlling
trades which resulted in forming of the first local ruling
system in the region,” said Mehdi Moghadam, head of archaeological
excavation team in Tal-e Abouchizan historical site.
According to Moghadam, the existence of these seals
indicates the importance of this region some 7,000 year
ago and its influence on the forming of first governments
“The existence of these seals is as a sign of a
revolution in the form of ruling system in proto-Elamites.
Some signs can be seen on these seals which are not
readable,” added Moghadam.
Tal-e Abouchizan is one of the minor sites of Susa which
contains some historical evidence from the Elamite to the
Post-Sasanian periods. Tal-e Abouchizan has a strategic
position. From east it leads to Ramhormoz, Behbahan, and
Fars, from west it leads to Shushtar and Susa, and from
the south it leads to Ahwaz and the Persian Gulf.
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