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Over 2500 Susa inscriptions translated

Source: Tehran Times

Over 2500 ancient inscriptions, which were previously discovered in Susa, have been translated, Iranian expert Abdolmajid Arfaei said on Tuesday.

Abdolmajid Arfaei

The 75-year-old expert on the Avestan, Pahlavi and Elamite languages was assigned in early June to decipher the brick and stone inscriptions, which are kept at the Shush Castle near Susa, the capital of ancient Elam in the southwestern Iranian province of Khuzestan.

Arfaei, who is a graduate of the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, is currently working on a collection of about 2300 other inscriptions at the castle, he told the Persian service of IRNA.

The inscriptions will be registered and classified with the previous collection, he said.

Most of the clay inscriptions had been used in the construction of some Elamite temples, he added.

According to Arfaei, the most ancient inscription of the collection dates back to 2250 BC.

Deciphering the ancient inscriptions is part of the obligations Iran must fulfill to convince UNESCO to register the site on its World Heritage List, the Khuzestan Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department previously announced.

The Code of Hammurabi, a stele bearing the most complete and perfect extant collection of Babylonian laws developed during the reign of Hammurabi (1792-1750 BC), was discovered near the castle in 1901 by French Orientalist Jean-Vincent Scheil. It is now preserved in the Louvre.

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