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5000-Year-Old Royal Rock Tomb Discovered in Jiroft


12 November 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Archeological excavations two kilometers south of Qaleh Kūchak Tappeh in Jiroft, Kerman province, led into discovery of the second rock-tomb ever found in this area dating back to the third millennium BCE which allegedly belongs to local rulers of the time.


Prior to this, a rock-tomb containing some earthenware dishes similar to those found in the southern parts of Konār Sandal historical site in Jiroft belonging to the first half of the third millennium BCE was accidentally unearthed during the operations of the Rural Water and Swage Organization while digging a canal in this area.


“Archeological evidence shows that we have succeeded in discovery of the second rock-tomb belonging to the third millennium BCE. The locals have carved out an open 2x2.5 meters rectangular rock-tomb form the living-rocks. Through two sets of stairs the space descends to two cave-like crypts, each with an entrance to outside,” stated Professor Yousof Majidzadeh, director of archaeological team in Jiroft.


According to Majidzadeh, most probably these rock-tombs belonged to the ancient local rulers who controlled the area some 5000 years ago. “Considering how difficult it must have been to cut out the tombs from the living rocks in those days, we assume that the tomb must have been belonged to the local rulers. This tomb enjoys a unique architectural style and requires further research,” added Majidzadeh.


According to Majidzadeh, evidence shows that the tomb had been plundered during the ancient times since one of the skeletons is smashed into pieces and bone fragments scattered around the tomb.


The ancient hill known as Qaleh Kūchak, literary meaning “Little Fortress” is located in a village by the same name, eight kilometers from Konār Sandal historical site in Jiroft.


The city of Jiroft is located close to Halil Rud historical site on the basin of Halil Rud River, in Kerman province. The ongoing multinational archeological project that aims to uncover an unknown civilization in a series of newly discovered historical sites in Iran. Many stone and clay objects as well as other historical evidence and an Elamite cuneiform inscription belonging to the third millennium BCE have been discovered during archeological excavations in this area. Jiroft has also been plundered by illegal diggers several times in the recent years.


At present, a team of Iranian and international archeologists from renowned universities and research centers of the world are engaged in the fifth season of excavations in the basin of Halil Rud River under the supervision of professor Majidzadeh to unveil more secretes about Jirot’s civilization and its influence on the Sumerian civilization.



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