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400 Tablets Uncover Living Conditions in Haft Tappeh


News Category: Elamite Period

30 September 2003 



Analysis of 400 of the 1800 clay inscriptions of the historically unique area of Haft Tappeh, in the southwestern province of Khuzestan, led to information on political, social, economical and cultural issues of its residents in the second millennium B.C.

According to chief expert of the historical project of Haft Tappeh and Choqa Zanbil Hamid Fadai, in a specific plan starting in 2001, the clay tablets found there held then in bad conditions were organized, and 400 of them were also analyzed.

"The inscriptions include children's homework, and legal, administrative, political and business documents, and with 400 of them studied, we have gained a lot of information on political, social, cultural, economical, governmental and living conditions of the Ilamid era," explained Fadai.

Haft Tappeh is a historical site near the ancient city of Susa, of the Ilamid era, and its tablets are written in cuneiform and Akadian language. The diggings carried out in the area from 1965 to 1977 by Dr. Negahban led to the discovery of remnants of ancient tombs and two buildings with architectural values.




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