German professor Friedrich Schultz discovered ancient Urartian cuneiform (Kingdom of Van)

German professor Friedrich Schultz discovered ancient Urartian cuneiform inscriptions described by Movses Khorenatsi.

Friedrich Eduard Schulz was a German philosopher and orientalist, who was one of the first to uncover evidence of the Kingdom of Van.

He copies them and heads to Paris to investigate them. On the way with his two officers, the Kurdish gangs are attacked. However, Van’s copied protocols arrived in the safety of Paris.

Schultz was murdered by two Persian army officers and four of his servants by Kurds in 1829 near Başkale.

After Schultz’s death, his papers, containing 42 inscriptions found at Van Castle and in its neighborhood, were recovered and published in Paris in 1840. This was some of the first original information on Urartu to appear in Europe.


“This is the inscription of king Sarduri, son of the great king Lutipri, the powerful king who does not fear to fight, the amazing shepherd, the king who ruled the rebels. I am Sarduri, son of Lutipri, the king of kings and the king who received the tribute of all the kings. Sarduri, son of Lutipri, says: I brought these stone blocks from the city of Alniunu. I built this wall.”

It is also the oldest known Urartian inscription discovered so far.

Taken From: Nouné Yeranosian

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