Jiroft, Kerman prov, Jan 30, IRNA -- A brick tablet unearthed in the
vicinity of Jiroft proves that the civilization of the area along
Halilroud river near the city of Jiroft dates back to he first half
of the third millennium BC.
An archaeologist from the US University of Pennsylvania, Professor
Holly Pittman, told IRNA here Monday that the issue had been declared
at the area by the Iranian archaeologist and head of archaeological
delegation, Professor Yousef Majidzadeh, last year.
Pittman added that the tablet had been unearthed in the process of
this year's excavations at Halilroud historical site on January 27.
According to Professor Majidzadeh, the manuscripts on the brick
tablet have been identified to belong to the Ilamid era.
"The most distinguished Ilamid script dating back to the second
half of the third millennium BC has been discovered in Susa.
"The most ancient type of it known as preliminary Ilamid script
has been produced about 3,000 years BC," he added.
Majidzadeh noted that samples of the specified script have already
been unearthed in excavations conducted at Susa, Tal-e Milan, Siyalk,
Ozbaki, Hessar, Yahya and Shahr-e Soukhte (Burnt City) near the city
of Zabol in Khuzestan province.
He said that some information on the origin of Ilamid script will
possibly be found in the area in latest stages of the excavations.
"Industrial stones, in particular decorative beads and small-scale
stones discovered in the area such as marble and jasper have also
been discovered at the area," he added.
Both professors along with other members of the archaeological
group from University of Pennsylvania believe that the discovery of
the brick tablet and evidence of trade exchange of the locally
extracted stones and metals with foreign dealers indicated that the
ancient monarchy enjoying a glorious art and civilization, known
as 'Earth' ruled over Halilroud historical site.
The third phase of archaeological excavations at the vicinity of
northern and southern Kenar Sandal area was launched under the
supervision of Professor Majidzadeh.
The project is being conducted jointly by an Iranian and
international archaeological team comprising 13 archaeologists and
15 Iranian experts.
Some 150 workers are currently involved in excavation process in
the area which will continue for one month. Halilroud civilization
site spreads 400 km along the river to the same name.
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