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Round of Excavations at Espidež
25 February 2006
(CAIS) -- The second season of
archeological excavations began in the pre-historic cemetery of Espidež
in the city of Iranshahr, Sistan-Baluchestan province, an expert with provincial
Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department stated.
In an interview with IRNA, Mohammad Heydari expanded that a 17-member team of
the departmentÕs experts would conduct archeological studies on the
The official observed that the Iron-Age necropolis was one of the important
human settlements of the eastern Iran during the third millennium BC.
The graveyard, which was discovered by experts in 2002, had had close cultural
relations with its great neighboring civilizations, he added.
According to Heydari, later archeological studies at the site revealed that two
groups inhabited the area.
Some of the early dwellers were deeply influenced by the civilization of Bampour
and the Burnt City as evidenced by tools unearthed from the graves, the expert
The official further noted that ancient objects excavated in the south of Espidež
necropolis unveiled that a number of inhabitants who lived in the area during
3,000 BC were under the influence of Jazmourian civilization.
He pointed out that historical objects found in the site resemble those
discovered in Jiroft ancient site, Yahya Hill, Eblis Mound of Kerman and other
human settlements in the southern part of Hamoun.
Heydari believes that more archeological excavations at Espidež
historical site would shed light on civilizations in east of Iran.
Ancient Espidež Cemetery, sprawled over 25 km, is
located 40 km southwest of Iranshahr. Iranshahr is situated 325 km off the
capital city of Zahedan.