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Further Stone Inscriptions Dating Back to the 1st half of
the third millennium BCE Discovered in Jiroft
30 March 2007
(CAIS) -- The fifth season of
excavations of archaeological mounds of Konar-Sandal around Jiroft in the Kerman
Province has led to the discovery of two more stone inscriptions dating back to
the first half of the third millennium BCE.
other stone tablets have previously been discovered on the 5,000 year old site.
Professor Piotr Steinkeller of Harvard University in his recent essay on the
discovery in the area has called it "Eastern Script", as distinct from
The Konar-Sandal archaeological excavation team, consisting of Iranian and
foreign experts as well as the head of the team Yusef Majidzadeh, have given the
name "Royal" to the newly identified inscriptions.
However some specialists say, since the scripts have not been decoded yet, such
a theory is not acceptable.
Inscriptions found earlier in Konar-Sandal's ziggurat suggest Jiroft was the
origin of Elamite written language which then spread across the country and
Jiroft is located close to the Halil Rud historical site which, according to
abundant evidence, was one of the first places where civilization was
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