Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
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of 3000-Years-Old Artefacts in Minab
08 May 2006
(CAIS) -- In the latest round of excavations in Minab
and Roudan in the southern province of Hormuzgan, archeologists have come across
40 coins minted in the early post-Sasanian period and 15 historical artifacts
including agate, bracelets and bronze arrows dating to the first millennium BCE.
Head of the excavation team, Siamak Sarlak told news reporters that about 40
coins have been found in the Minab and Roudan region and that rust on the coins
has made impossible to decipher the date, but, examinations have proved that
they belong to the Ilkhanid to Safavid dynastic eras.
Several agate necklaces, bronze bracelets and pieces of potteries dating to the
Safavid era have also been unearthed, he said.
In addition, archaeologists discovered the location of old Hormuz port near
Hormuz Straits in the Persian Gulf.
The old port of Hormuz on the Persian Gulf was destroyed during Mogul invasion
and was relocated by the then ruler of Hormuz. For seven centuries, old Hormuz
port remained unknown. Some believed that Minab was in fact old Hormuz, but,
archaeological studies indicated that Minab was only a part of the summer resort
of old Hormuz for traders and fishermen, especially foreign merchants.
Meanwhile, a graveyard dating back to the first millennium BCE was also
discovered in the historical site of Minab and Roudan.
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