Monday, March 07, 2005

3000-year-old skeleton of metalworker discovered near Zabol

Mehr News: "Archaeologists working at the Espidej historical site in Sistan-Baluchestan in southeast Iran recently discovered a tomb containing a 3000-year-old skeleton of a metalworker buried with all his tools.

The tools include an awl, a brass ladle, a whetstone, as well as water pots to temper copper and brass, indicating that metalworking was an important industry in the region 3000 years ago.

According to the head of the archaeological team, Mohammad Heydari, a brass statue of a dog was also discovered inside the grave. The statue is only one centimeter long, showing that the tools used 3000 years ago were accurate enough to make such delicate and small statues."