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Discovery of Second 5000-Years-Old Inscription in Western Iran


27 July 2007




LONDON, (CAIS) -- The second ancient inscription which was carved on rock in Kaftarlou hill have been discovered in Akhtarabad region in Shahriyar plain located in Iranian western province of Kordestan. Due to the similarity of this writing with those previously found in Susa clay stamps and Jiroft’s inscription, experts estimate that this newly discovered geometrical inscription must have dated back to at least 5000 years ago.


After Kan Charmi inscription which was discovered previous year in north of Kordestan province, this is the second inscription ever found in Iran-proper. Regarding the antiquity of this inscription, Reza Moradi Ghiasabadi, archaeologist and researcher, assrted: “Based on the signs implemented in creating this geometrical writing and its similarity to Susa stamps, it is believed that it must have belonged to 4200 to 4500 years ago. On the other hand, due to the rate of oxidization, we give the possibility that the inscription must have been more ancient.”


Pointing out that this discovery can provide archaeologists the chance to trace the trend of geometrical writing development in Iran, Ghiasabadi added: “This inscription is closely resemble those ones previously discovered by Professor Majidzadeh in Konar Sandal Hill in Jiroft historic site in Kerman province which date back to the third millennium BCE. However, since the writing discovered in Konar Sandal is somehow more developed than this newly discovered one, we give the possibility that Kaftarlou inscription must have been more ancient with 5500 years antiquity.”


According to this archaeologist, unfortunately most parts of the inscription have been severely damaged over time and totally 10 signs which are not even in a correct order have been identified. That is why archaeologists have faced a real problem for documenting and decoding this ancient inscription.


Prior to this, Walter Hintz succeeded in decoding some parts of the Susa geometrical writing. Results achieved due to the efforts of this researcher may be used as a guide for finding about the approximate meanings of Kaftarlou inscription.     


“Designs of animals such as goat, boar, camel, and hunting scenes can be also seen next to this inscription. With taking a look at these designs, we can somehow get acquainted with the environmental condition of Shahriyar plain during ancient times and trend of domestication of animals in this region,” said Ghiasabadi.


The initial report of this inscription is due to be released within a few weeks, however considering the rate of damage of this historic inscription, deciphering and preparing the final report may take several years.  




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