(Sabah Newspaper, 1 September 2013)
//ed. note: herewith another of our occasional news items about the greater
Japanese discoverers and inscriptions.
Two giant columns inscribed in the Gokturk alphabet
were found on 6 July 400 kilometers southeast of the
Mongolian capital of Ulanbator, sparking excitement among
scientists. Dr. Mehmet Olmez, a professor at Yildiz Technical
University's Turkish Language and Literature Faculty, has
been discussing the discoveries, which were made by Japanese
researchers, with the Mongolian embassy and other scientists.
He shared the details of the find with Sabah.
Dr. Olmez explained that Mongolian Dr. Ts. Bolorbaatar, who
is running the study with the Japanese scientists, told him that
"the length of the monuments is 3.92 meters. On the back there
are carved writings. On the front there is the mountain goat seal
of the Asina lineage, a Turkish noble family, and below it there
is a three-line message. On the two monuments there are 20 lines,
2,832 letters and more than 30 seals."
The first effort will be to identify the letters and then understand
the words and sentences, according to Dr. Olmez. He added that
"now we have to figure out the lines and marks so we can read it.
Written on the monument repeatedly in the oldest Turkish language
are the words 'ebim e', 'begim e', 'yerim e' and these mean 'ah my
home', 'ah my leader', 'ah my country'. "
Dr. Olmez stated that this fourth discovery of such inscriptions is
very exciting for researchers. He noted that "the other three monuments
were found in other places, meaning that the places where they were
erected were not just near the capital."
The Kul Tigin inscription is made from a four-sided marble rock, whose
length is 3.75 meters. The Bilge Kagan Inscription's height is 3.80 meters.
There are 41 lines on its east face, and 15 each on its south and north faces.
The first of the Tonyukuk inscriptions is 2.43 meters; the second is 2.17
meters in height.
Dr. Ts. Bolorbaatar stated that "the seals on the inscriptions may belong
to tribes that participated in a ceremony establishing a sacred cemetery
made as a sacrifice to dead nobles."