Stone inscription find may add five new words to ancient Persian

November 21st, 2007 - 7:22 pm ICT by admin  

Tehran, Nov.21 (ANI): The recent discovery of a stone inscription on Khark Island may add five words to our knowledge of the ancient Persian language, the Persian service of CHN has reported.
The cuneiform inscription, comprising six words on six different horizontal lines inscribed on a piece of uneven rock encrusted with corals, was found last week during a road construction project, reports the Tehran Times.
Measuring about a meter square, the rock has become detached from its original terrain. Initial studies show the artefact dates back to the Achaemenid Era.
The first, second, fifth and sixth words are quite easily legible, but the third and fourth words are difficult to make out due to erosion, explained an expert on ancient languages, Reza Moradi Ghiasabadi.
Moradi has deciphered the inscription from photos sent to him by the people living near the site of the relic.
According to Moradi, the first word reads “aahe” or “ahe”, which means “was” or “were”. This word has frequently been observed in ancient Persian inscriptions. However, the other five words are new discoveries.
The second word reads “sakosha” or “sakusha”.
“This word obviously denotes a particular name, which has so far never been seen in any ancient inscription, but it is similar to words used by the Scythians,” Moradi said.
Only two letters of the third word are legible and these read “hi”. Again, only two letters of the fourth word are decipherable and these are pronounced “ka” and “aa”.
The fifth word reads “bahanam”, for which no meaning has been found.
The sixth word seems to be damaged but the end of it reads “kha”.
The inscription has been made both quickly and carelessly and its writer has not used the cuneiform comma as every word has been inscribed on a separate line.
The artefact has three crown-shaped motifs inscribed in a side-ways fashion in the middle of the inscription and also at the beginning of the third and fourth lines. The motifs are similar to the crowns of the Sassanid kings.
Moradi urged that the object should first be examined for its authenticity. (ANI)

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