(CAIS) -- The recent discovery of a head of an
admiralty-metal goat statue in a cemetery in the
historical site of Jiroft, which
dates back to the third millennium BC,
led to further interview with the head of Jiroft
archaeological excavations, reported CHN.
director of Jiroft archeological excavations, professor
Yousef Majidzadeh pointed out that one of the
misconceptions among archeologists and those who believe
that Mesopotamia was once a cradle of civilization, is
that the artifacts found in the region date back at most
to the third millennium BC.
Therefore it cannot serve as a cradle of civilization
since no relics dating back to the earlier periods were
found in this area, he argued.
This is while the latest excavations in the lower layers
of the cemetery revealed that the antiquity of the relics
discovered in the region dates back to the fourth
millennium BC, said Majidzadeh.
“Two types of potteries each from different periods were
found in the cemetery, of which one dates back to the
fourth millennium BC,“ he noted.
Initially, it was presumed that the region was a cemetery
in both periods but studies on the lower layers of the
cemetery reveal that the region was a residential area
some six thousand years ago, he added.
After a thousand years, the sediments covered the
buildings and a cemetery was built over it.
Majidzadeh further stated that geophysical operations
undertaken by the French experts indicated that beneath
the layer as deep as 11 meters some items may be found.
maintain that such a depth signifies ten eras of
inhabitation in this area,“ he said.
More than 10,000 wells have been dug in the area by
smugglers who have plundered the valuable items in Jiroft,
which has been called the ’Lost Paradise’ of