was once located along a branch of the Rah-e Shahi
(Imperial Road) which was constructed during the
reign of Achaemenid dynasty to link the capital
city of Hegmataneh (ancient name for Hamedan) to
the west and south of the country.
One of the inscriptions is attributed to Darius
the Great (521-486 BC) while the other
pertains to Xerxes (486-465 BC).
The inscriptions were written from left to right
(Old-Persian) cuneiform, Elamite and Babeli
scripts in 20 lines.
The inscriptions praise the Zoroastrian God, Ahura
Mazda and they also provide the lineage of the
Achaemenian king of kings, Darius the Great and
his son Xerxes.
An expert of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism
Department in Hamedan province, Rahim Ranjbaran
said that the erosion of the stone tablets bearing
the inscriptions became more evident in the past
century. The British archeologist Jackson wrote in
his diary in 1905 that examination of the stones
indicated that they were not been damaged since
his last visit. He attributed the erosion to the
antiquity of the stone tablets which date back to
2,500 years ago.
Dean of the Art Faculty of Avicenna University
Yaqub Mohammadi-far, who is also an architect,
said that the inscriptions of Ganj-Namé provide
documentary evidence about the glory of ancient
Iran and simply cannot be ignored.
He said that there has been theoretical debate on
ways of safeguarding Ganj-Namé inscriptions from
the early years of the twentieth century. Of
course, there were conflicting views on the issue
and no consensus was ever reached, he added.
Ranjbaran said that the flow of surface water
should be prevented from the inscriptions and they
should be sheltered from the rain. He also called
for consolidating the positions of the stone