Most Ancient Inscription in the Iranian City of Jiroft

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The inscription, discovered in a palace, was carved on a brick whose lower left corner has only remained. The two remaining lines are enough to recognize the Elamite script.

The only ancient inscriptions known to experts before the Jiroft discovery were cuneiform and hieroglyph, and the new-found inscription is formed by geometric shapes and no linguist around the world has been able to decipher it yet.

Archeologists have found many artifacts confirming the existence of a rich civilization dating back to the third millennium BC, during the 5 previous excavational phases.

The sixth phase of Jiroft excavations will focus on the temple and the sites where the tablets were found during previous phases.

Archeologists believe the discovered inscription is the most ancient 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.

Many ancient ruins and interesting artifacts have been retrieved by archaeologists from the ancient site of Jiroft, which is known as the “archeologists lost heaven”.

The Konar-Sandal inscriptions are older than the Inshushinak inscription, thus it seems that the recently discovered inscriptions link the Proto Elamite script (first appeared circa 2900 BC in Susa) with the Old Elamite scripts (used between about 2250 and 2220 BC).

Many Iranian and foreign experts consider the Jiroft findings to be evidence of the former existence of a civilization as great as that of Sumer or ancient Mesopotamia. Jiroft is the ancient city of Aratta, which was described in a Sumerian clay inscription as an impressive civilization. In December 2007, archaeologists use the term Proto-Iranian instead of Proto-Elamite for the pre-cuneiform script found at several sites.

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