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CAIS ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS©

ARCHAEOLOGICAL & CULTURAL NEWS OF THE IRANIAN WORLD

 

Permanent Research Center in Bistun

 

13 August 2002

 

 

 

LONDON, (CAIS) -- The Permanent Research and Conservation  Center has become operational in the historic site of Bistun.

 

The head of Grand Taq Bostan and Bistun project, Maliheh Mehdiabadi said : Once the archaeological excavations were resumed in 1999, after 22 years of non-activity in the site, the necessity to pay attention and conserve the valuable objects, such as the tablet of Darius I over the village of Bistun.

 

The center is located in two old buildings belonging to Pahlavi period in south west of Bistun spring.

 

One of two buildings used to a school and the other one was Post & Telegraph Office during Pahlavi period. The office was presented in 1975 to the Art and Culture Administration and the other building has been purchased by the same Administration.

 

It is noteworthy the Bistun mountain stands some 30 Km to the northeast of Kermanshah via the main road to Hamadan. The Medeo-Babylon road passed by the same mountain. Long before Achaemenians, even prehistoric man inhabited Bistun according to Carleton Coon, who found while excavating a cave there in 1949 evidence of a highly developed industry datable to the Middle Paleolithic, indicating that Bistun was inhabited during the Warm glaciations.

 

During Achaemenian period the tablets were written in three languages: Babylonian, Elamite, and the Aryan or commonly known as Old Persian.

 

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