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12/13/04

Experts Document 31 Stone Inscriptions

Iranian experts have documented thirty one stone inscriptions, some dating back to seven centuries ago and describing historical and religious events of ancient sites in the central province of Yazd, Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency reported.

Stone inscriptions are regarded as historical documents and some epitaphs have been discovered in Arnan Mountain which depict illustrations of human beings and animals from the second millennium BC, said Fatemeh Danesh, an expert with the Tourism and Cultural Heritage Department in Yazd province.

Yazd is renowned for famous stone inscribers such as Noureddin Kachuei, Mahmoud Sangtarash and Mohammad Reza Hakim.

The oldest inscriber in the province was Ahmad Marre who had inscribed the tombstone for the shrine of Imam Reza (AS), the eighth infallible Imam of Prophet Muhammad's (PBUH) infallible household, in the fifth century AH. The tombstone is now maintained at the Museum of Imam Reza (AS) holy shrine.

She said that some of the stone inscriptions are very significant and should be registered as national cultural heritage pieces.

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