Turkish inscription of Ilterish Kagan found in Mongolia
The inscription was found during the joint scientific archaeological expedition of the International Turkish Academy and the Mongolian Archaeological Institute to the Nomgon Valley.
A monument complex and a new inscription of Ilterish Kutlug Kagan have been found at Hangai Jote in the Otuken region of Mongolia – an important find in the field of Turkology.
“We found the monument erected in the name of Ilterish Kagan, the father-in-law of our ancestor Bars Beg Kagan, the founder of the Turkish Khaganate, with the cooperation of the Turkish Academy and the Institute of Mongolian Archaeology”, International Turkish Academy said in a statement.
The inscription was found during a joint scientific archaeological expedition of the International Turkish Academy and the Mongolian Archaeological Institute in the Nomgon Valley.
The inscription is written in Turkish and Sogdian languages.
“Detailed information will be announced tomorrow at the Ulaanbaatar Press Center,” Turkish Academy President Darhan Kidirali said on his social media account on Tuesday.
Kültekin ve Bilge Kağanın babası İlteriş Kutluğ Kağan’ın Anıt Kompleksi ve yazıtı bulundu.
Detaylı bilgini yarın Ulanbator’da yapılacak olan basın toplantısında duyuralacak. pic.twitter.com/zUTXEAIv03
— Türk Dünyası Araştırmaları Vakfı TDAV (@tdavresmi) August 23, 2022
The Orkhon inscriptions, discovered at the end of the 19th century, are commemorative installations – an important source for understanding the origin of the Turks, their history, their culture and their relations with other Turkic tribes.
Turkish inscriptions with runic letters are the oldest known Turkish written works. Additionally, the inscriptions were written in the earliest known Turkic alphabet.
They were erected in honor of two Turkish princes, Kul Tigin and Bilge Kagan.
The Kul Tigin inscription was erected by his brother Bilge Kagan, and the Bilge Kagan inscription was erected by his son.
The third inscription was erected in the name of Bilge Tonyukuk, a political figure.
These three inscriptions constitute the Orkhon inscriptions.
The monument complex and inscription found at Hangai Jote is that of Kul Tigin and Bilge Kagan’s father, Ilterish Kutlug Kagan.
Ilteris Kutlug Kagan was the founder of the Eastern Gokturk Khanate in 682.
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