How Ancient Greek letters were carved on a rock in Central Asia


Archaeologists have come across a rare discovery in the natural landscape of Tajikistan in Central Asia, finding ancient Greek letters carved on a rock.

The writing engraved on the stone was “ΕΙΔΙΗΛΟ Υ…ϸΑΟΝΑΝϸΑΕ ΟΟΗ-ΜΟ ΤΑΚ-ΤΟΕ,” which according to Nicholas Sims-Willions, a specialist in the study of the Bactrian language, means: “This is the… of the king of kings, Vima Tactu.”

The ancient writing was discovered when a resident of a nearby village came across the engraved rock in the mountains.

Bactria region.

Archaeological Researcher,  Bobomulloev Bobomullo, from the Institute of History, Archaeology and Ethnography at the National Academy of Sciences of Tajikistan is examining the discovery.

The area where the ancient writing was discovered is known as the historic region of Bactria which was part of the Persian Empire and once conquered by Alexander the Great.

Bobomullo discovered that the letters were located on the northernmost part of the gorge near the Almosi River.

Due to the hard-to-reach area, local residents have offered to help the archaeologists by gathering information and reporting back to them.




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