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Inscribed Bricks Unearthed South of Iran


23 November 2004



In the latest round of archeological excavations at the historical site of Anshan, Fars province, Iranian and American archeologists have unearthed several inscribed bricks and a seal dating back to the mid-Elamite period (1100 BC).

Anshan is regarded as one of the capitals of the Elamites and is rich in cultural heritage artifacts ranging from the Elamite to the Achaemenid dynasty (3500 BC to 500 AD).

Dr. Kamyar Abdi, an instructor of Dartmouth College in the United States told Cultural Heritage News (CHN) agency that in the course of excavations in the past several weeks, his team unearthed six bricks dating back to 3,000 years bearing inscriptions identical with those from the Elamite era.

He said that the bricks are baked and studies on them will reveal useful information about the mid-Elamite era which is of special significance in archeological studies.

Abdi said that the bricks will be handed over to the experts of inscriptions for deciphering. Meanwhile, American explorations have so far led to the discovery of 25 bricks bearing inscriptions whose translation indicated that Melian historical mound is the same place as Anshan historical city.

The third season of excavation at Anshan historical city was carried out by 20 experts which included two American archeologists from Michigan University and Dartmouth College.

Specialists from Iran's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO) from Tehran, Abhar and Marvdasht are accompanying them.

In addition to the bricks, one clay seal was also unearthed.

Abdi said that portrait of a human being has been inscribed on the seal. Studies will be carried out to identify the date of the seal.

Melian historical site or Anshan historical city is located at Beiza district of Sepidan in Fars province. Its area is 200 hectares.



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