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2,500 Susa inscriptions translated from castle.

Over 2,500 ancient inscriptions, uncovered in Susa, have now been translated, Iranian language expert Abdolmajid Arfaei said last Tuesday.

The 75-year-old specialist in 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 province of Khuzestan.

Arfaei is a graduate of the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, which is has the greatest concentration of knowledge on such ancient languages. Arfaei s currently working on a collection of about 2,300 other inscriptions at the castle, he told the state news agency.

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

According to Arfaei, the oldest inscription in the collection dates back more than 4,000 years to 2250 BCE.

Deciphering the 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 said.

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 BCE), was discovered near the castle in 1901 by French Orientalist Jean-Vincent Scheil. It is now preserved in the Louvre.

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Title Annotation:Culture: From then to now
Publication:Iran Times International (Washington, DC)
Geographic Code:7IRAN
Date:Aug 15, 2014
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