The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
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.
member Nader Soleimani said that the discovery provides further evidence that
Jiroft dates back to the third millennium BCE.
inscription is on an 11x7 centimeter piece of brick which bears five lines with
each line containing 12 words, Soleimani added.
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.
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.
Konar Sandal Ziggurat is one of the ruins of ancient Jiroft, which is located in
the southern Iranian province of Kerman.
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.
Iranian and foreign experts see the findings in Jiroft as signs of a
civilization as great as Sumer and ancient Mesopotamia.
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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