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Jiroft script

Posted on Thursday 17 February 2005

Lot's of interesting stuff on Jiroft lately. It turns out that the first image in my original post on this very ancient lost civilization which shows some illegally excavated artifacts contains two examples of ancient board games that were played in Jiroft.


I've heard about the discovery of inscriptions at Jiroft which we can only hope will someday give a voice to this mysterious culture. Below is the first image of an inscription that I have seen so far. As this article mentions, it appears to be a variant of early Elamite. Elam was another great civilization based around Susa in Western Iran which was a close and often hostile neighbour of ancient Sumer.



A brick inscription was recently discovered in Jiroft that initial studies show dates back to the first half of the third millennium B.C. Experts attempting to decipher the text have concluded that it is written in a type of Elamite and believe that the inscription may link proto and old Elamite scripts. [link]