Ancient stone tablets identified in Jiroft


Mar 28, 2007

The fifth season of excavations of archeological mounds of Konar-Sandal around Jiroft in the Kerman Province has led to the discovery of two more stone inscriptions dating back to the first half of the third millennium B.C.

Three other stone tablets have previously been discovered on the 5,000 year old site.

Professor Piotr Steinkeller of Harvard University in his recent essay on the discovery in the area has called it "Eastern Script", as distinct from Elamite.

The Konar-Sandal archaeological excavation team, consisting of Iranian and foreign experts as well as the head of the team Yusef Majidzadeh, have given the name "Royal" to the newly identified inscriptions.

However some specialists say, since the scripts have not been decoded yet, such a theory is not acceptable.

Inscriptions found earlier in Konar-Sandal's ziggurat suggest Jiroft was the origin of Elamite written language which then spread across the country and reached Susa.

Jiroft is located close to the Halil Rud historical site which, according to abundant evidence, was one of the first places where civilization was established.