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LONDON, (CAIS) -- The main part of the Konar Sandal Ziggurat of the Jiroft ancient site, located in the southern Iranian province of Kerman, has recently been excavated, the Persian service of CHN reported on Friday.
the discovery of the ziggurat in 2002, Chogha Zanbil, a major remnant of the
Elamite civilization near
main part of the Konar Sandal Ziggurat is the lower part and is 200 years older
than the upper section. Thus, construction of the ziggurat was carried out in
stages beginning in 2200 BCE,” said Professor Yusef Majidzadeh, the director
of the archaeological team working at the site.
some time around 2100 BCE by king Ur-Nammu, the Ur Ziggurat is the oldest one in
Ur Ziggurat was built in honor of the god Sin in
archaeologists have determined the original shape of the Konar Sandal Ziggurat
for restoration,” Majidzadeh said.
came into the spotlight nearly four years ago when reports of extensive illegal
excavations and plundering of the priceless historical items of the area by
local people surfaced.
2002, two excavation seasons have been carried out at the Jiroft site under the
supervision of Majidzadeh, leading to the discovery of a ziggurat made of more
than four million mud bricks dating back to about 2200 BCE.
is one of the richest historical areas in the world, with ruins and artifacts
dating back to the third millennium BCE. Over 100 historical sites are located
along the approximately 400 kilometers of the Halil Rud riverbank.
Iranian and foreign experts see the findings in Jiroft as signs of a
civilization as great as
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