Sargon Inscription Finally Decoded

9/22/2005 2:41:39 PM

Sargon inscription located in Uramanat, Kurdistan, has at last been deciphered into Persian.

Tehran, 22 September 2005 (CHN) -- Tangvar cuneiform inscription in Uramanat of Kurdistan province, Iran, which was a mystery for 10,000 years, has been read at last.

The inscription with a relief of a portrait of a king is located east of Tangvar village in Uramanat, Kurdistan. According to Adel Farhanghi, an expert with Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization, during the studies made by Ali Akbar Sarafraz, in 1968, the inscription dated back to the end of the second and beginning of the first millennium BC.

No further studies were carried out on the inscription until the time the British scholar, Grant Frame, managed to decipher it.

Mohamad Ebrahim Zarei, head of the Kurdistan branch office of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization, says that the inscription consists of 47 lines in cuneiform which had been carved in Assyrian language. The inscription refers to the Second Sargon, Assyrian King, on which his captures of Arpad, Simirra, Damacsus, Egypt and other countries have been inscribed. The inscription dates back to around the eight century before Christ.

Zarei has recently translated the English text into Persian, while trying to locate the historical places on today’s maps and areas, and adding previous studies and descriptions of the inscription to his work.

Uramanat region starts in Kurdistan province of Iraq [1], which is the greenest part of it, and runs to Kermanshah and Kurdistan provinces in Iran.

AsyriaTimes Note:

[1] There is no Kurdistan province in Iraq. According to CIA Word Fact Book 2005 Iraq has 18 governorates and they are as follow:

Al Anbar, Al Basrah, Al Muthanna, Al Qadisiyah, An Najaf, Arbil, As Sulaymaniyah, At Ta'mim, Babil, Baghdad, Dahuk, Dhi Qar, Diyala, Karbala', Maysan, Ninawa (Nineveh), Salah ad Din, Wasit