Back in 2001, flooding caused the Halil River in southeastern Iran to overflow its banks and erode the surrounding lands. Layers of ancient sediment were washed away and what was uncovered were the remains of an ancient, unknown cemetery.
Before archaeologists were alerted locals and looters moved in and artefacts were appearing on the black market, artefacts that relate to an undocumented Bronze Age culture dating back nearly to 5,000, possibly 7,000 years ago.
Excavations began in February 2003 as Iranian archaeologist Yousef Madjidzadeh identified the main necropolis and led the excavation, uncovering evidence of a wealthy, sophisticated lost ancient civilisation that could rival the famous cities of Mesopotamia and Egypt.
But do the artefacts and structures show links to Ancient Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt and also Gobekli Tepe? Can we link the Pre-Dynastic Naqada Culture of Egypt to the iconography of the Jiroft civilisation? And could all these civilisations be pointing back to the ancient site of Gobekli Tepe? Watch this video to find out and learn more!
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