The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- Iran's Academy of Arts is slated to hold
the International Jiroft Confab in a bid to discuss the early Bronze Age
civilisation of the Greater Sistan, reported Iran's Fars News agency on
from Iran and other countries will present their historical and archeological
findings about the Mesopotamia and Jiroft civilisations during the four-day
The international confab will be held on May 5, 2008 in the Iranian cities of Tehran and Jiroft.
The ancient Jiroft site situated between the Elamite civilisation to the west and the Indus Valley civilisation to the east.
Research into Jiroft civilisation is a relatively recent and ongoing multinational archaeological project that is uncovering a previously unknown “culture” in a series of newly discovered sites in Iran's Sistan and Kerman Provinces, notably Konar Sandal near Jiroft in the Halil River area.
least twelve sites are now under excavation in the area, the oldest thought to
be more than 7,000 years old. The most significant of these sites are Shahr-e
Sokhta (Burnt City), Tappeh Bampur, Espiedej, Shahdad, Iblis, and Tappeh Yahya.
Some are in the neighbouring Sistan va Baluchestan province, once part of the
Other conjectures eg. Daniel Potts, Piotr Steinkeller have connected the site with the obscure city-state of Marhashi, that apparently lay to the east of the Elam proper. But what is certain is that this kingdom had a large pottery industry, was a transit hub for trade merchants, and had active interactions with the Elamites and Mesopotamia.
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