570 relics, including items thousands of years old, confiscated by border guards
TEHRAN – Iranian authorities have confiscated 570 relics, some of which date back to the first millennium BC. Come from a truck before crossing an Iranian-Turkish border.
“A truck carrying a large number of coins and antiquities, some dating back 3,000 years, was stopped by customs officials and about 570 antiquities and coins were discovered before leaving the country,” ISNA quoted Seyyed Ruhollah Latifi, spokesman for ISNA Customs, as it says on Friday.
The truck, whose cargo was declared to be shipping home furniture to Canada, was inspected by customs experts at the border with Bazargan and before leaving the country for Turkey, and more than 570 historical items including books and coins were discovered, the official said.
The relics recovered include 18 pieces of bronze dating to the first millennium BC. 1000 BC, an antique dagger, seven teardrop-shaped glass containers, 322 silver coins, 87 copper coins and 6 wire alloys.
In addition, the relic collection includes 59 rare coins, 36 albumen coins, two oval agate seals with Kufic script, a porcelain vase, 15 qajar coins, a copper coin commemorating Baqer Khan (a key figure in Iran’s constitutional revolution). ), a one-dollar coin minted in 1845, 12 silver spoons, a brass samovar, a wooden camera, a plate with a portrait of Naser al-Din Shah Qajar, three brass trays from 1889, a gilded copy of the Qur’an and a rare one storybook.
Historically, Iran has long played a significant role in the region. The country’s roots as a distinctive culture and society date back to the Achaemenian period beginning in c. 550 BC Since that time, the region that is now Iran – traditionally known as Persia – has been influenced by waves of native and foreign conquerors and immigrants, including the Hellenistic Seleucids and native Parthians and Sasanids. However, Persia’s conquest by the Muslim Arabs in the 7th century AD was to have the most lasting impact, as Iranian culture was almost entirely subsumed under that of their conquerors.
According to Britannica, an Iranian cultural renaissance in the late 8th century led to a reawakening of Persian literary culture, although the Persian language was now heavily Arabicized and written in Arabic script, and native Persian-Islamic dynasties appeared with the rise of the Ṭāhirids in the early 9th century. The region came under the influence of successive waves of Persian, Turkish and Mongol conquerors until the rise of the Safavids.
With the fall of the Safavids in 1736, rule passed into the hands of several short-lived dynasties, leading to the rise of the Qajar lineage in 1796. The country’s troubles led to the rise of the Pahlavi line in 1925, whose ill-planned efforts to modernize Iran led to widespread discontent and the subsequent overthrow of the dynasty by the 1979 Islamic Revolution.