in cuneiform, the inscriptions were discovered in fragments.
inscriptions were probably broken in a fire, and this makes it difficult
to read them,” the Iranian director of the team told the Persian service
of the Cultural Heritage News (CHN) agency on Sunday.
team is matching the pieces of the inscriptions. Initial studies have
determined that the inscriptions are property lists from a building at the
site thought to have been an official office in ancient times,” Behzad
believe the artifacts will help them identify the administrative system of
the ancient inhabitants of the region.
inscriptions will be deciphered by the Mainz University experts after they
are pieced together.
February, the team discovered seven Akkadian clay inscriptions written in
cuneiform at the site.
ruins of the ancient city of Haft-Tappeh lie on the plain of Khuzestan
close to the ruins of ancient Susa and two kilometers from the Chogha
Zanbil Ziggurat. This large Elamite site contains fourteen major visible
mounds, the largest rising about 17 meters above the surrounding plain,
and its related extensions cover an area about 1500 meters long and 800
ancient name of the site is still being debated. Some scholars have
suggested that it may have been called Tikni, which is described in early
documents as a religious center located between Susa and Chogha Zanbil,
but no evidence has yet been found in the Haft-Tappeh excavations to
support this theory. However, several seal impressions and clay
inscriptions found at Haft-Tappeh contain the name Kabnak, and it is
possible that this was the original name of the city.
team has also been tasked with discovering the exact location of Kabnak,
where the Elamite king Tepti-ahar built a temple complex in the fifteenth
century BC and was buried at the site.
the last ruler of the Kidinuid period (1460-1400 BC), known from inscribed
bricks and a sale contract from Susa and a text said to be from Malamir
(in Lorestan Province), is mentioned on approximately 55 tablets of Haft-Tappeh,
bearing the title “king of Susa and Anshan”.