Geographical Names According to Urartian Texts
Igor M. Diakonoff
S. M. Kashkai
Ludwig Reichert Verlag
his part of the Repertoire Geographique des Textes Cuneiformes includes all the names of countries, regions, mountains, towns, tribes and rivers registered up to 19781 in cuneiform texts from the Kingdom of Urartu, or Biainele (rock inscriptions, inscriptions on buildings and stelae, bronze objects and tablets)2
The Urartian sources range from the 9th to the 6th century B.C. The earliest inscriptions - those of Sardure I, son of Lutihre (or Lutewre ?) - are in the NAss dialect of Akkadian (UKN 1-3, 319-325), the rest are written in Urartian, in a writing descended from one of the Hurrian cuneiform writing styles (more probably Alzian than, e.g., Mitannian?)3 with the addition of certain orthographic features taken over from the NAss cuneiform spelling rules, as well as of sumerograms (which partly are secondary inventions) and of akkadograms.