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A New Look at Susa Inscriptions

A New Look at Susa InscriptionsA New Look at Susa Inscriptions

After a 6-year hiatus, the brick inscriptions of Susa, discovered during a French archaeological mission (1930-1931) are being re-examined, CHTN quoted linguist Abdolmajid Arfaee, who specializes in Akkadian and Elamite languages, as saying.

Previous attempts to catalogue and classify the brick inscriptions were made between 2003 and 2008, but the work was unfinished, Arfaee said. In addition to 2,500 brick inscriptions examined in the previous round, some 2,700 need recording. Inscribed in Syrian, Akkadian, Elamite, and ancient Persian languages, the bricks will be studied in view of their usage in a religious context. They are not all inscribed with individual texts; a total of 100 bricks appear to bear the same inscription. Some of them belong to a temple exclusive to the royal family of Shutrukid dynasty, starting with King Shutruk Nahhunte, famed for his invasion of Babylonia in the 12th century BC. According to what Arfaee gathered from the inscriptions, the people of that period built a temple for each deity and consecrated it to ensure their own longevity.