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Jiroft Inscription the Most Controversial Discovery in the Region: Majidzadeh


08 March 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Director of the excavation team in Jiroft historical site said that the traces of primitive scripts are the most controversial findings in the region since it invalidates claims by foreign archaeologists that until the Achaemenid era, the writing was unknown to Iranian peoples.

According to Persian service of ISNA, Professor Yousef Majidzadeh, who was speaking in a meeting titled ’Latest Jiroft Excavation’ added that currently explorations are being conducted in Matoutabad, Hosseinabad and Konar Sandal. The main section of the studies focuses on Konar Sandal, he noted.

Most of the objects discovered, particularly the earthenware found in cemeteries, are mythological oriented since they pertain to life after death, he said, adding that the origin of the belief is not yet clear.

He stated, “Jiroft culture is self-existent and cannot be compared to that of Mesopotamia to conclude that such beliefs were not indigenous.“

Probably the Achaemenid art has its root in Jiroft because common elements have been found in the two, Majidzadeh said.

Referring to the four inscriptions found in the region, he said that based on carbon tests conducted in Pennsylvania University, they date back to 2500 BCE.

The script used in writing them is totally different from the Mesopotamian script or even the Egyptian Hieroglyph, he said.

“We have called the script geometric or Jiroft script, which is similar to scripts which were once prevalent in Ilam for a period of 20 years,“ he concluded.




Extracted From/Source: Iran Daily

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