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Jiroft’s Art & Archaeology to be Studied in Int’l Conference


10 March 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Iran’s Academy of Arts is to hold the 2nd International Conference on Jiroft in a near future, aiming at examining the art used in the artifacts discovered in this historic site, located in Iran’s Kerman province. The Iranian Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) will also cooperate in holding the conference, the date of which will be announced later.


One of the richest archaeological sites of the world, the Halil-Rud region of Jiroft was once home to a rich civilization which left behind numerous architectural structures and other archaeological evidence, some of which have so far been discovered during archaeological excavations and illegal diggings of the smugglers.


More than 700 archaeological sites have been identified to this day along the 400-kilometer bank of Halil-Rud River in the cities of Baft, Kahnouj, Jiroft, and Anbarabad.


Discovery of four clay inscriptions bearing engravings is considered one of the most stunning achievements by archaeologists in the region which drew in the attention of world archaeologists to the mysterious civilization which once populated southeast Iran. Among the discovered inscriptions was a 3rd millennium BC cuneiform tablet that is considered the oldest evidence of written language ever found in the region.


In an interview with Persian service of CHN regarding the forthcoming conference on Jiroft, Bahman Namvar Motlaq, secretary of the Iranian Academy of Arts, said that the main objective behind the conference is to “introduce the civilization of Jiroft to the world and study the relationship between archaeology and art.” He further added that the Academy is planning to invite all archaeologists and researchers who have done studies on Halil-Rud region as well as research expertise affiliated with interdisciplinary studies in art and archaeology to take part in the event.


Drawing a comparison between the arts seen in artifacts found in Halil-Rud region and those of other archaeological sites of Iran would also be another subject to be discussed during the conference.


The first international conference on Halil-Rud Civilization was held in Jiroft 1-3 February 2005.




Extracted From/Source: Cultural Heritage News Agency (CHN)

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