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LONDON, (CAIS) -- The National Museum of Iran (NMI) and the Louvre plan to publish the texts of the Elamite inscriptions in both museums’ collections in a trilingual book.
decision was made in line with a memorandum of understanding signed by the
museums’ officials in November 2004.
museums have begun counting their inscriptions and when the number of the
inscriptions reaches an appropriate amount, they will be published in Persian,
French, and English,” NMI curator Mohammadreza Kargar told Persian Service of
CHN on Monday.
director Henri Loyrette recently traveled to Iran and met several Iranian
officials, including Kargar.
number of the inscriptions will be studied by Iranian experts at NMI and some of
them by French specialists at the Louvre, which has a proficient group of
inscription decipherers who can help Iranian experts in reading the
inscriptions,” Kargar explained.
of the inscriptions dating back to different periods of the Elamite civilization
have been unearthed in Susa, the ancient capital of Elamite Empire, which is
located in southwestern Iran in the present–day province of Khuzestan.
oldest Elamite script, known as Proto-Elamite, first appeared in about 2900 BCE
in Susa. The Proto-Elamite script is thought to have been developed from an
early Sumerian script.
Elamite was a syllabic script derived from Proto-Elamite and was known to have
been used between about 2250 and 2220 BCE, although it may have been invented at
an earlier date. The Inshushinak inscription, found during an excavation in
year, Iranian archaeologists working in Konar Sandal at the ancient site of
Jiroft unearthed a brick with a cuneiform inscription that may be in
Proto-Elamite and which is believed to be older than the Inshushinak
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