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Assyrian Brick Cuneiform Inscription Discovered in Northwest Iran


29 November 2006




LONDON, (CAIS) -- Second season of archaeological excavations in northwest Iran resulted in the discovery of An Assyrian brick cuneiform inscription in Rabat Tappeh. 


Announcing this news Reza Heidari, head of the archaeology team in Rabat Tappeh: “This is the first time that archaeologists have discovered a cuneiform inscription in the northwestern part of Iran. The script is enamelled in white and incised on a brick.”


Regarding the significance of this discovery, Heidari further explained: “Finding any kind of written evidence in a historical site provides archaeologists with a great chance to unveil the region’s historic background as well as the cultural and religious beliefs of its inhabitants. Thus the discovery of this inscription is also an important clue to trace the existence of Mannai and Urartian kingdoms in this region and find their relations to the Assyrians.”


Archaeologists predict existence of more cultural evidence such as flagstones and enamelled bricks, and earthenware objects in Rabat Tappeh and believe that more invaluable findings could come out of this area if excavations are resumed.


Rabat Tappeh is one of the richest archaeological sites of in northwest Iran, and dates back to 1000 BCE. Archaeologists had estimated the area of this historic site to be only four hectares; however, last year’s studies in Rabat Tappeh and its surrounding historic site showed that it covers a 25-hectare area. 


Second season of archaeological excavations in this archaeological hill started to find out the relation between Rabat Tappeh and Musasir which was a semi-independent buffer city-state bordering Mannaean, Assyrian and Urartian Kingdoms. 




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

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