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The Effect of Trading Lapis Lazuli on the Settlements in the East of Iran's Central Plateau (3rd–4th Mill. BCE)

Saman Farzin, Maryam Zohouriyan, Mohammad Amin Hajizadeh

Pages 193 - 202


Lapis lazuli was one of the ancient world's most precious stones, extensively
traded during the third and fourth millennia and important for the settlement of
Shahr-i Sokhta in Sistan and Baluchestan province. The authors scrutinised
recent archaeological evidence in order to evaluate the impact of the lapis
lazuli trade between this part of Persia with locations as far apart as Central
Asia and southern Egypt. The raw material came from mines in Badakhshan
(northern Afghanistan), whilst the evidence suggests that Shahr-i Sokhta became
a wealthy production and trading centre for lapis lazuli, which was exported as
jewellery and as ornaments for temples and palaces. This would explain why the
city also became the social, political, economic and cultural centre of the
whole region for much of the third millennium.


青金石自上古以來是亞洲中西部最有價值的出口品之一,在伊朗錫斯坦及俾路支斯坦省「被焚之城」 وخته شهرس
遺址青金石有五至六千年的歷史。本文考古隊以物質循証方法檢查最近出土的文物,為了研究中亞與埃及之間青金石長途貿易的影響。青金石原料來自阿富汗巴達赫尚 ان

بيرجند دانشگاه University of Birjand

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