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Oldest Iranian Inscriptions Held in France and Germany

 

12 June 2004

 

 

Two gilded inscription, bought from antique dealers in the first half of the 20th century, are among the oldest written texts of the ancient Iran.


During illicit excavations of early 20th century near Hamedan (ancient Ekbatana) these two inscriptions were unearthed, among other things.

 

Their script is very similar to that of inscriptions found in Bisetoon and Takht-e Jamshid. At the first glance, experts thought they might belong to the reign of Cyrus the Great, but while smuggled abroad, foreign experts decided the inscriptions dated back to earlier periods, though some specialists doubt that these artifacts hail from eras earlier than of Achaemenids.


Each of them is displayed in French and German museums.

 

 

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