Archaeology Babylonian inscription unearthed in Bushehr

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    TEHRAN, Mar. 14 (MNA) -- An inscription written in neo-Babylonian as well as a bas relief of Darius the Great have been unearthed at the Darius Palace in Dashtestan in Iran’s southern province of Bushehr, an official of the Bushehr Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department said on Sunday.

    “Fragments of the southern stone gate bearing a the image of the head of Darius the Great and a base of a column bearing a line of writing with several words have been discovered in the palace. A number of experts on ancient languages are examining the inscription, the beginning and end of which are broken,” Ali Zakeri added.

    According to Zakeri, Dr. Abdolmajid Arfaii, an Iranian expert of ancient languages, has said that the inscription is written in the neo-Babylonian language.

    “Fragments bearing the seriously damaged image of the head of Darius the Great with a servant behind him holding an umbrella above his head have been discovered upside down,” Zakeri said, adding that the stone gate was probably broken in numerous fragments as a result of an invasion before the invaders reached the Persepolis.

    “Complementary pieces of the inscription have been discovered near the gate. The pieces will be reinstalled to the inscription during restoration,” he added.

    The archaeologists working in the region say that the bas relief is very similar to the bas relief works on the gates of Persepolis.

    The archaeological team began the excavations in early winter under the supervision of Iranian expert Dr. Ehsan Yaqmaii, whose team had discovered the Darius Palace, also known as the Bardak Siah Palace, in 1978. Like Apadana in Persepolis, the palace had 36 columns. Sixteen bases of the columns were unearthed during the first phase of the excavations. Each column rose to nearly 20 to 23 meters. At the top of the columns were capitals decorated with the images of eagles and lions. Pieces of the capitals, including eyes, wings, fangs, and snouts, have been discovered during previous excavations.