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Paikuli Partho-Sasanian Inscriptions Restored and Studied in Iraq


01 July 2009



LONDON, (CAIS) -- Archaeologists have studied and restored the Sasanian inscriptions found on Paikuli Tower, located in the northern Iraqi.

“The Paikuli inscriptions are in Parthian-Pahlavi and Sasanian-Pahlavi” president of the Societas Iranologica Europaea and head of the archaeology team Carlo Cereti told the Persian service of CHTN.

“The inscriptions denoted to the Sasanian dynastic King Narseh and are similar to the ones at the Kaba of Zoroaster that bears Partho-Sasanian Pahlavi and Greek,” he added.

The Kaba of Zoroaster is an Achaemenid dynastic tower-like construction at Naqsh-e Rustam archaeological site northwest of Persepolis in Fars Province, Iran.

Cereti also said that some petroglyphs were smuggled out of the country during the invasion of Iraq by Western powers and some of them have been transferred to a museum in Iraq.

According to Cereti, this is the first time the site has been studied after initial studies conducted by German archaeologist Ernst Herzfeld in 1913.

The Paikuli monument, locally called 'idol house', is in today Iraqi close to the city of Soleymaniyeh in on the ancient road from the Sasanian dynastic capital, the Ctesiphon to Azarbaijan.

In the 19th century, it consisted of the ruins of a large, square tower that had originally been covered on all sides by stone blocks, some of which contained inscriptions, but, at the time, lay scattered all around the monument.

Herzfeld reconstructed the monument as a tall, square box with a slightly wider base and the inscriptions placed up on opposite sides.

He found that the Paikuli inscription commemorates the war between the Sasanian king Narseh and his rival Warahram III.





Extracted From/Source: Mehr News [*]




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