An archaeological dig in southeast Iran, the site of some of the oldest known civilizations known to humankind, reported on Sunday a team has unearthed findings that will add to the historic and cultural importance of the region.
The site is located in Jiroft in the province of Kerman and contains discoveries that could be nearly 6,500 years old according to Abouzar Attarpour, the region's governor. One artifact found in the excavation could date back as far as the Achaemenid Persian Empire, one of the world's largest known civilizations, which ruled a territory from Egypt to Central Asia for more than two centuries until its demise around 330 B.C.
An early managerial system may have existed
So far, researchers have come across administrative seals used on documents, suggesting an ancient civilization was already practicing a managerial style of government. Plenty of pottery was also found among the relics adding to some theories that the area was a major manufacturing civilization.
Scientists are sending the items to a nearby archaeological center to learn more about the findings, while plans are underway to build an on-site research laboratory to ensure subsequent discoveries aren't mixed up with findings from nearby digs.
Civilization dates back 6,000 years
Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Research Center is facilitating the archaeological project to unearth more findings in Jiroft, a site that's yielded significant artifacts as old as 4000 B.C. Pundits claim that back then, Iran was dominated by empires greater than subsequent civilizations like Mesopotamia, which existed at the same time in what is now Syria.