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Several clay stamps dating back to the Achaemenid and Parthian eras have been dug out in archaeological excavations in northeastern Iran.

The discovery was made on a historical hill called Rivi in northeastern North Khorasan province when Iranian and German archaeologists were examining the site.

“These stamps were found next to jars in a big hall,” says Mohammad-Javad Jafari, the head of the team of archaeologists working at the site.

“These stamps bear different geometric shapes as well as patterns of plants, animals and humans whose examination can offer very important information on the economy, culture, art and social phenomena of historical societies,” he says.

The archaeologist says these stamps indicate the existence of extensive economic relations between the local community and other peoples at the time, which made it all the more necessary for them to store goods.

He says people at the time apparently stored commodities in the jars and marked them with these stamps as signature before tying the jars together with a rope.

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