The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(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.
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