TEHRAN – Cultural heritage lover, Rahim Oshnavi Mahmoudzadeh, paid a visit to the National Museum of Iran to which he donated a fragment of Urartian inscription half a century ago.
“The Qalatgah inscription is one of the rare examples of Urartian inscriptions in the National Museum of Iran. This inscription, which relates to the 9th century BC. de Bia, Lord,… ”a museum curator told The Tehran Times on Tuesday.
The inscription fragment along with two other fragments was discovered in 1967 by Majid Mostafavi in the village of Qalatgah Cheshmeh Gol in Oshnawyeh.
Two other fragments of the inscription fell into the hands of smugglers, the fate of which is unknown. Fortunately, a fragment of the inscription was preserved and ultimately handed over to representatives of the Iran Bastan Museum (the National Museum of Iran) at this time.
The kingdom of Urartu came to power in the middle of the 9th century BC.“The savior of this fragment was Rahim Oshnavi Mahmoudzadeh, who, given his knowledge and interest in the cultural heritage of the region, purchased this part of the inscription at his own expense and at the same time handed it over to two representatives of the Museum. , Mr. Babak Rad and Ali Akbar Sarfaraz ”, declared the curator.
During the years of the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-88, Mahmoudzadeh led many efforts to save the famous inscription of Kileh Shin on the border of Iran and Iraq, in the present district of the city of Oshnawyeh which was eventually transferred to the Urmia Museum. .
More than half a century after the inscription was discovered, Mahmoudzadeh visited the National Museum of Iran on Sunday and had a meeting with the director of the museum, during which he presented two volumes of his recent book on the linguistics and history of the region. at the National Museum of Iran.
Oshnavi Mahmoudzadeh was born in 1935 in Oshnawyeh and to date he has published five books on the history and cultural heritage of Kurdistan.
The kingdom of Urartu came to power in the middle of the 9th century BC. The Urartians were replaced in the region in the 6th century BC by the Armenians.
Urartu, an ancient country in Southwest Asia centered in the mountainous region to the southeast of the Black Sea and to the southwest of the Caspian Sea. Today the region is divided between Armenia, eastern Turkey and northwestern Iran. As mentioned in Assyrian sources from the early 13th century BC, Urartu enjoyed considerable political power in the Middle East in the 9th and 8th centuries BC.
According to the Encyclopedia Iranica, the territory of the ancient kingdom of Urartu extended over the modern borders of Turkey, Iran, Iraq and the Republic of Armenia. Its center was the Armenian plateau between Lake Van, Lake Urmia and Lake Sevan. Urartian archaeological finds in modern Iran, including castles, settlements, water canals and other water constructions, rock chambers, rock tombs, stelae, rock inscriptions, and building inscriptions .