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Discovery of 3000-Years-Old Artefacts in Minab

 

08 May 2006

 

 

 

LONDON, (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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