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6/20/06

Book on Iranian Fossils: Fossilized Fleshes - Recent evidences of old creatures of Kerman


This is the very first book written on Fossils of soft parts of ancient living organisms discovered in Kerman province of Iran. It is a colorful pictorial book that will interest all fossil lovers.

The book includes a brief history of Iran and Kerman where the fossils were found.

 
Author: M. Reza Mozafari (BSc, MSc, PhD), Massey University, New Zealand
Massey University Press, Palmerston North, New Zealand
ISBN  0-473-11050-4
Language: English         Price:   22.0 USD,   12.0 UKP,  17.50 Euro
Orders:  mozafarimr@hotmail.com    or:  mozafarimr@yahoo.com


Excerpts: 

Historical setting

 

The first known Iranian kingdom was Elam (Elamites; 2000 BC) also mentioned in the books of Genesis (14:1 & 9), Isaiah (21:2 & 22:6), Jeremiah (25:25 & 49:34-39) and Acts (2:9) in the Bible. Continuing archaeological excavations and recent findings, however, may reveal previous, more ancient, kingdoms of Iran (Box 1-3). The Median (Medes, Mād-ha) tribe established the second Iranian Kingdom when their five major leaders chose Diya-oco, head of one of the Median tribes, as the king (1200-1000 BC). Diya-oco, known as Diuces to Greek historians, created a centralized and fairly powerful country that covered all of western and northern Iran. Medians built a confederation of Iranian tribes under their rule.

 

In the sixth century BC the Achaemenid Empire, was already established. It had a centralized rule, a highly developed system of administration, aspirations of world rule, and a culture that was uniquely Iranian even as it borrowed, absorbed, and transformed elements from other cultures and civilizations. Cyrus was the first Achaemenian Emperor. He besieged and captured Babylon in 539 BC and released the Jews who had been held captive there for 150 years, thus earning his immortalization in the Book of Isaiah. Cyrus issued a decree on his aims and policies, later hailed as his charter of the rights of nations. Inscribed on a clay cylinder, this is known to be the first declaration of Human Rights (the world first bill of rights also known as Cyrus' Laws), and is now kept at the British Museum. A replica of this is also at the United Nations in New York.

 

More information is available on the book's website.

 

 

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