Iran's western province of Elam, enjoying a millennia-old civilization history, is soon expected to launch its first ever museum, a local authority told Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency.
The Archeological Museum is still under construction and is scheduled for inner decoration by mid 2005, if properly funded, announced Ferydon Mahmoodi, head of Elam's Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (CHTO).
"The museum would feature artifacts unearthed in the province,"
To Elam belonged four prominent cities: Awan, Anshan, Simash and especially Susa, the capital. Elam is known for its matrilineal system of succession. A newly appointed ruler was always referred to as 'son of a sister'.
Culturally, Elam did in several fields achieve far less than its neighbor countries, and much was imported from them. Writing came from the Sumerians and large parts of the architecture came from Babylonia. There is relatively little literature from Elam, and of religion we know practically nothing.
Elamite language is only partly understood by scholars - it had nothing relative to Sumerian, Semitic or Indo-European languages, and there are no modern descendants of it. After 3000 BCE the Elamites developed a semipictographic writing system which we call Proto-Elamite. Later the cuneiform script was introduced. Through large parts of Elam's history we hear nothing about its situation and status.
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