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for Traces of Sargon II’s Conquest Underway in Northwestern Iran
14 November 2006
(CAIS) -- Iranian archaeologists working at Rabat
Tepe near the town of Sardasht in Northwest of Iran have started new efforts to
find evidence of the battle of Assyrian king Sargon II in the region.
began the second phase of excavations of Rabat Tepe in late October with the aim
of proving the site was the capital of the Musasir city-state about 3000 years
are sure that we will find traces of the battle at the mound,” archaeological
team director Reza Heidari told the Persian service of CHN on Tuesday.
was a semi-independent buffer state bordering Mannai between
and Urartu. It was a vassal state of
yet Urartu had some claim over it.
believe that it was an ancient city probably located near the upper
, in Anatolia
. Musasir city-state was particularly important during the first half of the 1st
millennium BCE and is known primarily from bas-reliefs and inscriptions of the
Assyrian king Sargon II, who captured it in 714 BCE.
to one inscription, Sargon first plundered the palace and storerooms that
belonged to Urzana, the king of Musasir, and then seized the even richer
contents of the
, the god of the ancient
archaeologists have unearthed unique cobblestones as well as bricks bearing
bas-reliefs of naked winged goddesses during the previous excavations of Rabat
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