The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- Studies on 550 stone tools discovered
during archaeological excavations in Konar Sandal historic site, Kerman
province, indicate that they were used as defensive instruments during wars by
the people of the region some 5000 years ago.
to Jalal Rafifar, member of archaeology team in Halil Rud region, these stone
tools were discovered in a royal fortress in Konar Sandal and most probably were
used by the guards protecting the fortress.
on these 550 carved stones show that they were made of high-quality flint
stones. They come indifferent colours including grey, white, brown, and crème,”
to Rafifar, these stone pieces were made very professionally. “Existence of
delicate blades with parallel edges, cartridge stones, and very orderly toothed
edges all indicate to the high technique used by the people of Konar Sandal for
making defensive instruments,” added Rafifar.
further pointed that discovery of very delicate arrowheads made of flint stones
is among other stunning achievements in Konar Sandal historic site.
to Rafifar this kind of instrument was mainly used for hunting goats during the
ancient times. “Considering the antiquity of these tools which date back to
late Chalcolithic epoch (around 4500 BCE), using such a high technology in
making them is very astonishing. This is the first time such instruments have
ever been discovered in southwest Iran although similar evidence had already
been seen in Mesopotamia as well,” added Rafifar.
addition to their use in wars and hunting, these delicate instruments were most
probably used for agricultural activities as well.
Located next to Hali Rud River in the southern province of Kerman, Jiroft has come into the spotlight since early 2001. Discovery of a ziggurat and a number of inscriptions in Konar Sandal, one of the most important prehistoric sites located west of Jiroft, attracted the attention of archaeologists to this area.
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