The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- Second season of archaeological excavations in northwest Iran
resulted in the discovery of An Assyrian brick cuneiform inscription in Rabat
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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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