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The Jiroft Civilization: A New Culture of the Bronze Age on the Iranian Plateau

Excavations of the sites of Konar Sandal South and North near Jiroft in south-central Iran have revealed a hitherto unknown civilization of the Early Bronze Age that interacted with societies in Mesopotamia, the Indus valley and Central Asia.




Early Bronze Age (3000–2000 BC)


Project Overview

The new excavations have produced an extensive ceramic assemblage, and monumental, domestic, and craft production areas. Most interesting among the finds are more than 400 seal impressions of cylinder and stamp seals used in economic administration.


University of Pennsylvania

Curatorial Section:

Near East Section