remains of an ancient civilisation have been uncovered in
working in former Iranian provinces in Turkmenistan and
Uzbekistan have uncovered new evidence of Iranian people
living in the area more than 4,000 years ago who used a
form of writing.
most recent discovery is of a small stone object, engraved
with four or five red-coloured symbols or letters which
bear no resemblance to any other writing system of the
can say we have discovered a new ancient civilisation,"
Dr Fredrik Hiebert told the New York Times. The
area has opened up to US archaeologists since the end of
the Cold War . "We are rewriting all the history
books about the ancient world because of the new political
order in our own time," added Dr Hiebert.