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Recent Discoveries in Hormozgan to Reveal Mysteries


Continuation of archeological excavations in Hormozgan province led to discovery of more fantastic historical relics in this area including a stamp with the design of a human being on it.

Parthian Stamp

Tehran, 19 June 2006 (CHN Foreign Desk) -- Continuation of archeological excavations in Haji Abad and six other cities in Hormozgan province which had initially started in order to identify, record, prepare the archeology map, and register these areas in the list of Iran's National Heritage Sites, led into finding of more historical sites and relics which will in turn reveal the rich civilization of Hormozgan province during the ancient times.

Identifying two historical areas belonging to the fourth and third millennium BC in Haji Abad and discovery of the remains of soap stone dishes similar to those already found in the district of Halil Rud civilization are some of the main achievements of archeologists during their recent excavations in Hormozgan province.

"Some designed potteries were discovered in the pre-historical sites of Hormozgan which are very similar to the potteries previously discovered in Susa belonging to the beginning of urbanization in this area. Some soap stones similar to the historical relics discovered in Jiroft have also been found in this area," said Marjan Ravayi, expert of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department of Hormozgan province.

According to Ravayi, archeologists have also succeeded in discovery of some lapis dishes and stone instruments dating back to the Chalcolithic epoch (Copper and Stone Age) and the end of Neolithic period.

Another unique discovery in Haji Abad district is a stamp on which the design of a full-length human being can be seen. Archeologists believe that this stamp must have belonged to the Parthian era (150 BC-226 AD).

"A large number of historical sites were discovered during different seasons of archeological excavations in Haji Abad. Although most of them date back to the Sassanid era (226-651 AD), there are some historical sites which most probably belong to the Parthian period (150 BC-AD 226). The discovered stamp with the design of a full-length person which is believed to have belonged to the Parthian era was also discovered in one of these areas; however, more studies are needed to clarify its exact characteristics," said Marjan Ravayi.

Considering the importance of the discovered evidence belonging to different periods of time including pre-historic, historic and Islamic periods in this district, archeologists believe that in order to identify the civilization of the southern parts of Iran, it is essential to conduct more excavations in Hormozgan province.

Despite the fact that Hormozgan province was once home to one of the oldest civilizations of the world, there are still a large number of unknown historical sites in this southern Iranian province which have not been excavated yet.

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