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Persian Gulf Identity

Sunday, November 18, 2007

The language and quality of the Achaemenid inscription discovered in Iran's Kharg Island are strong proof of the Persian Gulf identity.

The latest studies on the Achaemenid inscription shows that the text is in ancient Persian language.

Archeologists believe that the discovery of such an inscription in an island in the Persian Gulf proves its Persian identity.

The inscription contains five lines in ancient Persian language, which is broken into two sections of two and three lines.

Normally in Achaemenid inscriptions, a break shows a shift in the language; however, in this inscription, the break seems to be of a different reason which needs more studies to be carried out.

Another characteristic of the inscription is the type of stone it is carved on. Primary studies show that the stone is a coral reef which was driven out of the sea about 15,000 years ago. The corals of Kharg area are estimated to date back millions of years.

These factors give rise to a theory that the coral was not brought to the island, yet was derived from the local shore and was inscribed by Persian-speaking people.

Further examination of the inscription could help develop more theories in the near future.

Iran's Kharg Island is located in the Persian Gulf, 25 km off the coast of Iran and 483 km northwest of the Strait of Hormuz.

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