The article “French archaeologist François Desset has just deciphered 4,400-year-old Iranian writing” first appeared in archyde.com on December 10, 2020. The findings by French archaeologist, François Desset are especially significant as noted by his person in the article below:

I can now affirm that writing did not first appear in Mesopotamia alone but that two writings appeared at the same time in two different regions.” (French archaeologist François Desset (screenshot YOUTUBE / UNIVERSITY OF PADOVA). As further noted in the archyde.com article: “This is the other revolution, since until now, the world cradle of writing was Mesopotamia, present-day Iraq, formerly Babylon. With his 4,400-year-old tablets, François Desset has changed everything.”

 

The notion that civilization exclusively began in Babylon (a fallacy notably promoted by Western thinkers since the 19th century and earlier) has been increasingly challenged, notably by findings within Iran as well as Anatolia. Readers further interested in this topic may wish to consult the following resource:

Kindly note that the version printed below contains images and accompanying captions that do not appear in the original archyde.com report. In addition, the version printed below has been edited from its original version in archyde.com.

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Like the benchmark of Egyptology Jean-François Champollion, he is French. And like him, he managed to decipher a language that has kept its mystery for millennia. François Desset is an archaeologist. He has just decoded linear elamite. A phonetic writing, cuneiform type, found on multiple clay tablets, precisely in the ruins of the ancient city of Susa, in Iran. The country was formerly called Persia and even earlier, 4,500 years ago, kingdom of Elam, hence the name of the writing in question, linear Elamite.

A list of known Linear Elamite characters prior to the works of François Desset (Source: Public Domain).

This is no small discovery: it was more than a century, in other words since the discovery in 1901 of the first tablets, that this writing system was known. But no one, despite all the attempts in 119 years, has ever found the key. No one, until François Desset, 38, associate researcher at CNRS Archaeorient from Lyon and specialist in the Bronze Age and the Neolithic in Iran. As noted by Desset to Science and the Future:

Thanks to these works, I can now affirm that writing did not first appear in Mesopotamia alone but that two writings appeared at the same time in two different regions.

Elamite Silver cup (dated to the 3rd millennium BCE; housed in the National Museum of Iran) discovered in Marvdasht, Fars province (Source: Zereshk in Public Domain). The cup bears Linear-Elamite inscription which has been decoded by Desset as follows: “For the Lady of Marapsha (toponym), (named) Shumar-asu, I made this silver vase. In the Temple that will be known by my name, Humshat, I dedicated it with goodwill for you.”
The archaeologist did not just dream ahead Indiana Jones. Ten years of studies, a thesis, a move to Iran, more than fourteen years of work, and finally a click, in 2017, while studying a series of texts found on a silver funeral vase. He identifies repetitions, sequences of perfectly identical signs and understands that it is a proper name. So he finds the names of two rulers, then that of the local goddess, Napirisha, and from there, decodes the rest, syllable after syllable, finding a prayer.
A stone bearing a bilingual (Linear-Elamite and Akkadian) inscription of Elamite king Puzur-Inshushinak (or Kutik-Inshushinak) (in c. 2100 BCE) currently housed at the Louvre Museum (Sb 17) (Source: Public Domain).
As further averred by Desset to Science and the Future:

“I did not wake up one morning telling myself that I had deciphered the linear elamite, he said to  it really took me ten years (…) but thanks to this work, I can now affirm that writing did not first appear in Mesopotamia alone but that two writings appeared at the same time in two different regions.“ 

This is the other revolution, since until now, the world cradle of writing was Mesopotamia, present-day Iraq, formerly Babylon. With his 4,400-year-old tablets, François Desset has changed everything.

Elamite cone shaped object made of clay featuring Linear-Elamite inscription discovered in the Susa region (now housed at the Louvre Museum, Sb 17830). The object has been dated to the reign of Elamite king Puzur-Inshushinak (or Kutik-Inshushinak) (c. 2100 BCE) (Source: Zunkir in Public Domain).

These Elamite writings are contemporary with the Mesopotamian writings equally. Enough to show that the story is always more subtle and complex than a simple chronology. But whatever, in 2020, Elamite writing finally has a reader. A decryptor who is publishing all of his works on the subject in academia.