A 4,000-year-old cryptic script may finally be deciphered

A mysterious ancient writing system called Linear Elamite, used between about 2300 BC and 1800 BC in what is now southern Iran, may finally be deciphered. although some experts are skeptical about the findings. Moreover, it is unclear whether all the artifacts used to decipher the scriptures were legitimately acquired.

Only about 40 known examples of Linear Elamite survive today, making the script difficult to decode, but researchers say they’ve largely accomplished just that, they wrote in a paper published in July in the journal Journal of Assyriology and Near Eastern Archaeology (opens in new tab) (German for “Journal of Assyriology and Near Eastern Archaeology”). The key to their decipherment is the analysis of eight inscriptions on silver cups.

Leave a Comment