Northeastern Anatolia. Near Cavustepe, the Urartian fortress-city Sardurihinli, Mehmet Kusman engraving black stones with Urartian cuneiforms and Arabic phrases. Mustafa, known locally as “Urartu Mehmet”, first came to the Urartian ruins in 1963, at the age of 23, to work as a security guard at the new archaeological site.
For 10 years he watched the archaeologists until someone unearthed Urartian cuneiforms, engraved into the rocks. Mustafa learned all he could about this ancient language and from 1993 started giving presentations on the subject.