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Second Royal Inscription Discovered at Joroft's Konar Sandal Ziggurat


08 April 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- A team of archaeologists working at the ancient site of Jiroft recently discovered a second royal inscription at the Konar Sandal Ziggurat, the Persian service of CHN reported on Thursday.


Team member Nader Soleimani said that the discovery provides further evidence that Jiroft dates back to the third millennium BCE.


The inscription is on an 11x7 centimeter piece of brick which bears five lines with each line containing 12 words, Soleimani added.


“The first example was found during the previous excavations, which French archaeologist Jean Perrot called a royal edict. Considering the similarity of the newly discovered inscription with the previous one, experts surmise that this is the second royal decree.


“The inscription was found near the stairway of the upper section of the Konar Sandal Ziggurat, which is a century older than the Ur Ziggurat,” he explained.


The Konar Sandal Ziggurat is one of the ruins of ancient Jiroft, which is located in the southern Iranian province of Kerman.


Analysis of pieces of coal discovered during last year’s excavations of Jiroft indicates that the oldest layer of the region dates back to 2800 BC.


Many Iranian and foreign experts see the findings in Jiroft as signs of a civilization as great as Sumer and ancient Mesopotamia.


Iranian expert Yusef Majidzadeh believes that Jiroft is the ancient city of Aratta, which was described as a great civilization in a Sumerian clay inscription.







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