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