Ancient industrial sites found at the Persian Gulf

Archaeologists found evidence for industrial activities such as metalwork, glasswork and pottery in Tom Maroon, in Iran’s area of Persian Gulf. The site dates back from ancient Bronze Age up to the historic and Islamic periods.

Structures in Tom Maroon (by Islamic Republic News Agency)

Tom Maroon is located in Hormuzgan Province in a fertile alluvial plain, known as Komiz Plain, surrounded by low mountains. At the site, the researchers found structures and artefacts that include two oval furnaces, welding parts, furnace slag iron and glass pieces and products such as a glass button-like stamp seal. The area of the site was an important gateway for immigration from Africa to the East and South-East Asia since Neolithic. That’s why the site contains artefacts from four main cultural periods, including the ancient Bronze Age, the Parthian era, the Sassanid era and the early centuries of the Islamic period. Archaeologists were able to excavate accumulated layers to the depth of 7.5 metres, distinguishing numerous cultural layers, including nine main and two sub-phases of the architecture of the Parthian era, consisting of large-size sun-dried bricks with clay mortar.

(after Islamic Republic News Agency)

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