The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
LONDON, (CAIS) -- Iranian archaeologists are scheduled to begin a new phase of excavations at the Jiroft ancient site in the Halil-Rud River cultural area next week.
will excavate southern and northern Konar-Sandal as well as the cemetery of the
site near Matutabad. We also planned to work on the Qal’eh Kuchak site of
Jiroft, but it will have to be left for next time due to a funding shortfall,”
the director of the archaeological team working at the site told the Persian
service of CHN on Wednesday.
Heritage and Tourism Organization (CHTO) officials have promised to provide the
necessary funds for the excavations for the next three months, otherwise we will
only work for one month,” Professor Yusef Majidzadeh explained.
is estimated that the excavations will require 1.5 billion rials (about
$158,000), but the CHTO has only provided one third of the amount so far.
has been given prominent coverage in the Iranian and foreign press. So far, no
ancient site has attracted such attention in the press,” Majidzadeh said.
next to the Halil-Rud River in the southern province of Kerman, Jiroft came into
the spotlight nearly five years ago when reports of extensive illegal
excavations and plundering of the priceless historical items of the area by
local people surfaced.
2002, four excavation seasons have been carried out at the Jiroft site under the
supervision of Majidzadeh, leading to the discovery of a ziggurat made of more
than four million mud bricks dating back to about 2200 BCE.
ancient ruins and interesting artifacts have been excavated by archaeologists at
the Jiroft ancient site, which is known as the “archeologists’ lost
the numerous unique discoveries in the region, Majidzadeh declared Jiroft to be
the cradle of art. Many scholars questioned the theory due to the fact that no
writings or architectural structures had yet been discovered at the site, but
shortly afterwards his team discovered inscriptions at Konar Sandal Ziggurat,
which caused experts to reconsider their views on the site.
Konar Sandal inscriptions are older than the Inshushinak inscription, thus it
seems that the recently discovered inscriptions link Proto Elamite (first
appeared in about 2900 BC in Susa) and Old Elamite (used between about 2250 and
2220 BCE) scripts.
Iranian and foreign experts see the findings in Jiroft as signs of a
civilization as great as Sumer and ancient Mesopotamia. Majidzadeh believes that
Jiroft is the ancient city of Aratta, which was described as a great
civilization in a Sumerian clay inscription.
group of international archaeologists is scheduled to gather in Tehran in
January 2007 to discuss the latest discoveries in the region at a seminar being
sponsored by the CHTO.
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