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Discoveries Reveal the Rich Civilization of Hormozgan Province
20 June 2006
(CAIS) -- Continuation of archaeological excavations
in Haji Abad and six other cities in Hormozgan province which had initially
started in order to identify, record, prepare the archaeology map, and register
these areas in the list of Iran’s National Heritage Sites, led into finding of
more historical sites and relics which will in turn reveal the rich civilization
of Hormozgan province during the ancient times.
Identifying two historical areas belonging to the fourth and third millennium
BCE in Haji Abad and discovery of the remains of soap stone dishes similar to
those already found in the district of Halil Rud civilization are some of the
main achievements of archaeologists during their recent excavations in Hormozgan
“Some designed potteries were discovered in the pre-historical sites of
Hormozgan which are very similar to the potteries previously discovered in Susa
belonging to the beginning of urbanization in this area. Some soap stones
similar to the historical relics discovered in Jiroft have also been found in
this area,” said Marjan Ravayi, expert of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Department of Hormozgan province.
According to her, archaeologists have also succeeded in discovery of some lapis
dishes and stone instruments dating back to the Chalcolithic epoch (Copper and
Stone Age) and the end of Neolithic period.
Another unique discovery in Haji Abad district is a stamp on which the design of
a full-length human being can be seen. Archaeologists believe that this stamp
must have belonged to the Parthian dynasty (248 BCE - 224 CE).
“A large number of historical sites were discovered during different seasons
of archaeological excavations in Haji Abad. Although most of them date back to
the Sasanid dynasty (224-651 CE), there are some historical sites which most
probably belong to the Parthian dynasty. The discovered stamp with the design of
a full-length person which is believed to have belonged to the Parthian dynastic
era was also discovered in one of these areas; however, more studies are needed
to clarify its exact characteristics,” said Ravayi.
Considering the importance of the discovered evidence belonging to different
periods of time including pre-historic, historic and Islamic periods in this
district, archaeologists believe that in order to identify the civilization of
the southern parts of Iran, it is essential to conduct more excavations in
Despite the fact that Hormozgan province was once home to one of the oldest
civilizations of the world, there are still a large number of unknown historical
sites in this southern Iranian province which have not been excavated yet.
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