the kelaşîn stele - located in kelaşîn, southern kurdistan - is a stone bearing urartian and assyrian text. the stone dates back to 800 bce.

the stone describes the commemoration of the successful conquest of the assyrian city of musasir (ardini in urartian). the urartians is one of the main groups considered to be the ancestors of modern armenians and of some kurds; their language is a substratum of both the armenian and kurdish language to some extent signifying a tie between the two cultures.

the urartians were conquered by the medians during its era of expansion.

kelaşîn apparently means “blue holy stone” in sorani kurdish.

these photos belong to the harki family archive and dr. mohamad salih gomah (sidenote: the harki tribe is considered jash)

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