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Third Cuneiform Brick Inscription Discovered in Rabat Tappeh


19 December 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Archaeologists in northwest Iran succeeded in unearthing another cuneiform brick inscription in Assyrian language during their excavations in Rabat Tappeh II in West Azarbaijan province. With this discovery, the number of Assyrian brick inscriptions discovered in northwest Iran reached three.


Announcing this news, Reza Heidari, head of archaeology team in Rabat Tappeh, told Persian service of CHN that studying these three inscriptions will provide archaeologists with valuable information regarding the historical civilization and chronology of the area, especially during the Mannai and Urartu governments and their relations with the Assyrian Kingdom.


Rabat Tappeh is located near the town of Sardasht in West Azarbaijan province, northwest Iran. Archaeologists believe that the hill used to be the centre of Musasir city-state some 3000 years ago.


Archaeological excavations in this historic hill started since September 2005 to find traces of Musasir culture in northwest Iran. Prior to the start of the excavations in the area, it was assumed that Rabat Tappeh spans over a 14-hectare area but further excavations revealed its area to be twice what originally thought.


The first season of archaeological excavations in Rabat Tappeh resulted in discovery of 180x180 square centimetre flagstones. Archaeologists in Rabat Tappeh also unearthed figurines of two winged goddesses, one of them naked. Although this is for the first time that archaeologists have discovered a naked figurine in this region of Iran, but it is no stranger to the Iranian archaeology (such as Turang Tappeh 3500-2900 BCE and Susa). Most of the discovered relics date back to the first millennium BCE.




Extracted From/Source: Cultural Heritage News Agency (CHN)

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