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50 Akkadian Cuneiform Clay Inscriptions Discovered in Haft Tappeh


 29 October 2005



The latest archaeological excavations in Haft Tepe led to the discovery of 50 Akadi cuneiform clay inscriptions. These inscriptions are official documents of the ancient city existing there 3500 years ago, which were archived in the southern part of the city.

Historical site of Haft Tepe, located in 2 kilometer distance from Tchogha Zanbil, but enjoying a 4000-year-old history, it is older than historical site of Tchogha Zanbil.

“Following the archaeological excavations in the historical site of Haft Tepe, the pieces of about 50 clay inscriptions have been discovered, the initial studies on which indicate that they should have been official documents, archive of tools and riding instruments,” says Behzad Moffidi, head of excavation team of Haft Tepe.

After being restored, the inscriptions will be translated by professor Perschel, a linguist of the ancient east in Mainz University of Germany. Comprehensive studies on the Akadi inscriptions of Haft Tepe will be carried out with the attendance of different experts of Haft Tepe project, including restoration experts, archaeologists, and an expert of inscription who is a PhD. student of ancient writing in Germany.

“The inscriptions are somehow stacked upon each other. Studies indicate that the official documents should have been ruined due to a fire in the building. The remaining documents belong to the storehouse and the stable, tools and riding instruments, chariots, spears, arrows and etc,” says Moffidi.

Archaeologists believe that Haft Tepe is one of the most important historical sites of Iran belonging to the Elamite period. Because of the existence of several evidence of different historical periods especially the Elamite time and the tomb of Tapati Ahar in the vast area of Haft Tepe, it is considered an invaluable site.