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Giant ancient Turkic epigraphs discovered in eastern Mongolia

2013-7-16(Tue)

OSAWA Takashi, Professor, Graduate School of Language and Culture, Osaka University, and researchers from the Institute of Archaeology of the Mongolian Academy of Sciences, Mongolia, discovered two large ancient Turkic epigraphs on May 29, 2013. The remnants of two giant epigraphs were discovered on the steppe called Dongoin shiree by nomadic people. (Dongoin shiree means 'trapezoidal ruins' in a local language.) It is near Delgerkhaan Mountain in Tuvshinshiree Sum of Sukhbaatar Aimag in eastern Mongolia.

Only the two remnants have been found thus far, but even the two remnants are about 3 to 4 meters in length, making them some of the biggest Turkic epigraphs ever discovered. The two epigraphs are inscribed with a total of 2,832 letters, 646 words in 20 lines, and, on the upper part, some 30 tamuga, tribal markings.

This discovery explodes the accepted myth in the academic community that there are no ancient Turkic epigraphs in eastern Mongolia, rewriting the history of ancient Turkey and North Asia.

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