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Archaeologists Discovered Second Assyrian Cuneiform Inscription of Rabat Tappeh II


12 December 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- The archaeologists working at Rabat Tepe 2 recently discovered the second brick cuneiform inscription of the ancient site during the second phase of excavations, which began in late October, the Persian service of CHN reported on Monday.


The 33x34 centimetre inscription in the Assyrian language is inscribed on a glazed brick eight centimetres thick.


The first inscription, which was discovered in late November, is similar to the new find.


Team director Reza Heidari said that these finds are the first cuneiform brick inscriptions discovered during excavations in northwestern Iran.


Ancient inscriptions previously discovered in the region have been written on cliffs or on steles.


The archaeologists believe that the discoveries are the most important keys for the study of the Mannai and Assyrian city-states in the region, which is located near the town of Sardasht in Iran's West Azarbaijan Province.


The team aims to prove that Rabat Tepe was the capital of the Musasir city state about 3000 years ago during this season of excavations.


Musasir was a semi-independent buffer state bordering Mannai between Assyria and Urartu kingdom. It was a vassal state of Assyria, yet Urartu had some claim over it.  




Extracted From/Source: Mehr News

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