Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
& CULTURAL NEWS OF THE IRANIAN WORLD
have Discovered the World's Oldest Inscription in Jiroft
05 November 2007
(CAIS) -- Archaeologists
have discovered the world's most ancient inscription in the Iranian city of
Jiroft, near the Halil Roud historical site, according to Iran Press TV.
"The inscription, discovered in a palace, was carved on a baked mud-brick
whose lower left corner has only remained,” explained Professor Yousof
Majid-Zadeh, head of the Jiroft excavation team.
“The only ancient inscriptions known to experts before the Jiroft discovery
were cuneiform and hieroglyph,” said Majid Zadeh, adding that,”the new-found
inscription is formed by geometric shapes and no linguist around the world has
been able to decipher it yet.”
Archaeologists have found many artefacts confirming the existence of a rich
civilization dating back to the third millennium BCE, during the 5 previous
The sixth season of Jiroft excavations will focus on the temple and the sites
where the tablets were found during previous phases.
Archaeologists believe the discovered inscription is the most ancient written
script found so far and that the Elamite written language originated in Jiroft,
where the writing system developed first and was then spread across the country.
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