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2700-year-old Inscription Discovered in Northwestern Iran



29 July 2003


An inscription dating back 2700 years ago has recently been discovered in the Javan Qaleh village near Ajab-Shir in the West Azarbaijan province.

Carved in the Nasir mountain, the cuneiform inscription has 10 lines. The primary studies showed that the inscription belonged to Argisti I (785-753 B.C.), son of Menua and its message dwells on his conquests in the northeastern lands of Iran such as Mana.

In the interval between the reign of Argisti I and his father Menua, parts of the Ashur land and Mana country, southeast and east of Urmia Lake, which lies now in northeastern Iran, and their satellite governments were under the rule of Urartians.

The Nasir mountain is located some one kilometer east of the Javan Qaleh village.

The inscription, discovered and reported by local people, is engraved on a slab of rock measuring 80 in 40 centimeters. 



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