(ORDO NEWS) — Experts from Iran managed to decipher the texts that were found on the clay tablets. They were created during the reign of the Persian king Darius the Great. As it was possible to establish, it turned out to be just a kind of “accounting documentation”, which confirms that the salaries of workers at that time were really paid in silver.
It is reported by the Tehran Times.
Experts examined 33 clay tablets that were used for archives of a treasury belonging to the Achaemenid empire. Most of the inscriptions were made during the reign of the third Persian king, Darius the Great. The study proved to be problematic due to the fact that all the inscriptions were made in the Elamite language, which today is considered dead.
The Iranian archaeologist Soheli Delshad, together with his colleagues, made a lot of effort to read what was written. The tablets indicated to whom the salary was paid and in what amount. At the same time, only silver coins were taken from the royal treasury. A total of 136 workers are said to have been, presumably, plasterers or bricklayers. It is worth noting that this is the first time that it was possible to obtain factual confirmation that the salary was paid to workers in silver.
These tablets were found by experts from the University of Chicago in the 30s of the last century, when excavations were carried out in the city of Persepolis. In 1935, Iran temporarily handed over the find to American scientists and the tablets returned in 2019.
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