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Achaemenid Inscription Discovered in Persian Gulf's Kharg Island

 

16 November 2007

 

 

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LONDON, (CAIS) -- During a road construction in Kharg Island of Bushehr Province, in the Persian Gulf, the workers have unearthed an Old-Persian inscription belonging to the Achaemenid dynastic era, according to a report by the Persian service of CHN.

 

The accidental discovery was reported to the cultural authorities by a vigilant local and so the construction project was stopped and a team of experts were deployed to the island.

 

The inscription which is dated by the experts from ICHTTO to 400 BCE is currently being studied and awaiting to be deciphered.

 

The Iranian island of Kharg located in the Persian Gulf and situated at about 30 km northwest of Bandar-e Rig and 52 km northwest of Bušehr. It is the larger and more southerly of two islands (the other being Khârgu). Kharg (also Khark) is about 8 km long and, at its widest point, 4 km across. The interior is hilly, terminating in cliffs at the northern and southern ends of the island.

 

Previously the archaeological evidence of the occupation on Kharg and the earliest remains recorded are probably two large tombs, known as the Eastern and Southern Tombs which date back to the Parthian dynastic era (248 BCE-224 CE). It seems with the discovery of this Achaemenid inscription the history of Kharg Island will have to be rewritten.

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