The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- Excavations by archaeologists at the
historic site of Konar Sandal in Jiroft, Kerman province, resulted in the
discovery of two inscribed tablets belonging to the first half of the third
millennium BCE, raising the number of the discovered historic 5000-year-old
inscriptions in this area to four.
this news, professor Yousef Majidzadeh, head of the team of archaeologists in
Konar Sandal, said that the two tablets, one measuring 18 by 10 centimetres and
the other 13.5 by 8.5 centimetres, were unearthed 300 meters north of the
southern hill of Konar Sandal in the house yard of a local farmers.
the age of the newly found inscriptions, Majidzadeh explained: “Although they
are both dated to the first half of the third millennium BCE, initial studies
revealed that one is older than the other which undoubtedly points to
continuation of the use of this type of script in southeast Iran.”
to this leading Iranian archaeologist, one of the tablets bears five lines of
script while the other one has six. Moreover, one line of script can be seen
carved on the back of each tablet.
further said that images taken from the two tablets were sent to France to be
studied by experts of Elamite language and civilization such as the French
epigrapher François Vallat. “We hope the two tablets could help experts and
historians decipher more symbolic codes,” added head of Jirof excavation team.
inscriptions had earlier been found toward the end of the previous excavation
season in Konar Sandal’s ziggurat in the same area the newly discovered
tablets were unearthed. This ziggurat, a temple tower in the shape of a terraced
pyramid of successively receding stories, also belongs to the first half of the
third millennium BCE and is one to three centuries older than the oldest
ziggurat in Mesopotamia which is commonly believed to have been home to the most
ancient civilization of the world.
kings ruled over Iran between 3400 BCE and 550 BCE BCE. Evidence of the
civilization that lived under their rule abounds in historic sites of Jiroft and
elsewhere in present-day Iran.
on the two inscriptions found earlier in Konar Sandal’s Ziggurat,
archaeologists believe that Jiroft was the origin of Elamite written language
where the writing system developed first and was then spread across the country
and reached Susa. The recent discovery once again proves existence of a rich
civilization in Jiroft during the third millennium BCE.
city of Jiroft is situated close to Halil Rud historical site on the basin of a
river by the same name. Abundant historic evidence has so far been observed in
Halil Rud region in the recent years, indicating that it was one of the first
places where civilization and urbanization were established.
of four inscriptions dating back to the third millennium BCE, evidence of
urbanization as well as architectural remains of a fortress and a massive
religious monument belonging to the civilization that flourished along Halil Rud
River in Jiroft historical site are among the most outstanding achievements by
archaeologists in the past two excavation seasons, giving them clues to the
ancient civilization of Halil Rud region.
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