New Trilingual Inscription Discovered.

Via bulbul’s Facebook feed, this intriguing news item:

A researcher in the field of ancient Iranian culture and languages announced that a hitherto undocumented trilingual inscription has been discovered on the hillside around the tomb of Darius in Naqshe-Rustam. The discovery of the inscription, which had remained hidden under moss and lichen for over two millennia, is of great importance in the field of ancient Iranian studies and ancient linguistics, said French archaeologist Werther Henkelman. The inscription is written in the Persian, Elamite and Babylonian languages, and is of particular importance to linguists as it adds new verbs to all three ancient languages ​​in which it is inscribed. “It is still hoped that in the area of Naqshe-Rustam, which has been explored continuously for decades, other such valuable inscriptions will be discovered”, added Hansklmann.

There are some nice pictures of the site, but I would rather have been told what the verbs are.


  1. David Marjanović says:

    Werther Henkelman […] Hansklmann

    Wouter F. M. Henkelman, says the article. Did someone take a screenshot of it and then used OCR?

  2. I wonder if one could reach out to Dr. Henkelman to comment. He’s affiliated with the École Pratique des Hautes Études.

  3. I’m also intrigued by the Iranian from Shiraz and his friend, the Iranian from Berlin.

  4. ^ The latter is probably Soheil Delshad at the Freie Universität Berlin.

  5. A couple versions mention Mojtaba Doroudi, later seeming to cite him as Davoudi. These versions go a bit further, saying its at the tomb of a high-ranking official in the Achaemenid court. Still no verbs though.

  6. Aha! This is a question for twitter:

    He doesn’t yet announce his reading or the new verbs, but says it will be out in a few days. Blames the Iranian news agency for confusing and inaccurate reports. And narrates the discovery and translation effort.

  7. Excellent find, thanks!

  8. According to Prof. Jack Sasson’s Agade list:
    “[A commented edition by Doroodi and Delshad is shortly forthcoming at
    ARTA ]”
    Achaemenid Research on Texts and Archaeology


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