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4/23/03

Replicas of stone tablets from Hamedan Ganjnameh installed

Replicas of two stone tablets in cuneiform belonging to Darius and Khashayar-Shah from Achamenid dynasty known as `Ganjnameh Cuneiform Tablets' were recently installed at Hegmataneh in the city of Hamedan, western Iran, IRNA reported from Hamedan on Tuesday.

Hegmataneh archeological site project manager Habibollah Rashid-Beigi told reporters that the original tablets, which date back to Achamenid era, were carved into the cliff in one of Alvand valleys known as Abbas Abad.

Referring to possible incidents that may damage the original tablets as the reason for taking this step, he said that the process was completed in two months.

"The cuneiform scripts carved into the rock are a maximum of three centimeters deep," he added.

He reiterated that the tablet pertaining to Darius measures 272 by 208 cms, while that of Khashayar is 262 by 191 cms.

Ganjnameh collection, which is nestled on the mountain five kms from Hamedan, consists of two tablets in cuneiform script. The artifact is a remnant from the reign of Darius and Khashayar of the Achamenid dynasty.

Each tablet consisting of 20 lines is inscribed in three columns in the three ancient languages of Parsi, Babylonian and Ilamid.

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