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29 September 2008
Ancient metal workshop found in Iran

Archeological studies in the city of Bam have led to the discovery of a metal production center in Iran's southeastern Kerman Province.  Excavations in the Darestan region, located some 22 kilometers to the east of the city of Bam showed that the area was once a rich metal production center.
     "In the space of 3,400 to 3,500 BCE the area was filled with metal workshops in which metals such as copper were extracted," said team director, Omran Garajian. "The team found a number of honeycombed metal seals, which were popular around 2,600 to 2,100 BCE," he added. "Similar seals dating back to 2,400 BCE were previously found in eastern Iran. The newly discovered seals were made in 3,400 to 3,500 BCE," Garajian said. Archeologists also unearthed a skeleton, a skull and some jewelry.

Source: Press TV (26 September 2008)

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