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Ancient Grave may Lead to a 2600-Year-Old Cemetery in Jiroft


07 November 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- While digging for a water pipe in an area close to an ancient hill known as Qaleh Kuchak (Small Castle) Tepe in Jiroft, workers of Rural Water and Sewage Company stumbled across fragments of clay vessels. The discovered earthenware are dated to sometime between 2600 and 2700 BCE and are similar to those already found in the southern parts of Konar Sandal historic site in Jiroft. Now archeologists are determined to excavate the area, hoping to find an ancient cemetery.


“There is a large number of clay artifacts in this grave; however, we still don’t know its exact dimensions … We are hoping to find a cemetery here but it requires three to four days of intense excavations to come to a decisive conclusion. For this reason, we will be creating some trenches in this area to identify the existing historic remains,” said professor Yousef Majidzadeh, head of Jiroft excavation team.


Fifth season of archeological excavations in Jiroft, a city in Iran’s Kerman province, started last week by a team of Iranian and foreign archeologists under the supervision of Majidzadeh. This season of excavations will mostly focus on the areas north and south of Konar Sandal and Qaleh Kouchak Tepe.


Analytical studies on relics found in Jirof in a research center in the United States indicate that the discovered materials in this region date back to the third millennium BCE.


Discovery of an inscription dating back to the third millennium BCE, evidence of urbanization, as well as architectural remains of a fortress and a massive religious monument are among some of the major achievements by archeologists during the previous season excavations in Jiroft.



This inscription was found in Konar Sandal’s ziggurat, which is one to three centuries older than the most ancient ziggurat in Mesopotamia, and belongs to the first half of the third millennium BCE. The discovery made archeologists conclude that Jiroft was the origin of Elamite written language in which the writing system developed first and was then spread across the country and reached Susa.




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