Re: Jiroft artifacts and 'script'
Clearly most objects from Jiroft you show had antecedents in Early Harappan and Harappa phase, just like flat silver or gold disc necklaces originally created in Kunal and Mohenjo Daro.
Such movement of artefacts from Indus to the West is attested reaching Mediterranean all through the so called Middle Asian Interaction Sphere that includes Southeastern Iran where Jiroft is located.
Please see Aruz, Joan, ed. 2003. Art of the First Cities...
Figure 72 shows the already mentioned gold disc necklaces from Mohenjo Daro to Aigina in Mediterranean.
In the pictures of Jiroft pottery you show there is also what Kalyanaraman calls dotted circle or concentric circles, which had continuity in India since Harappan seals to Painted Gray Ware phase!
--- In IndiaArchaeology@yahoogroups.com, "nrao" <nrao2@...> wrote:
> Recently some artifacts from Jiroft civilization were returned by England to Iran after a court battle. These artifacts show the level of sophistication that Jiroft had reached. Surprisingly, among these artifacts are items that may belong to Ghaggar-Indus complex or may be its replica, thereby reflecting a close contact between these 2 civilizations. Even more interesting are 2 stone 'inscriptions' which may be viewed as scripts as the number of characters are quite large (please see part I below)
> It will be interesting to read 'experts' debate the script.
> A brief word on Jiroft cutlure:
> It was an ancient civilization almost contemporary, if not earlier than both Ghaggar-Indus to its east as well as Mesopotamian to its west. It was much smaller than either and was situation in present south-east of present Iran but could have been more sophisticated. It was discussed on this list some time back: