In inscriptions of the Assyrian
King Shalmaneser I (1280-1261 B.C.) we find the first
occurrence of the term Uruatri, applied to a region of countries
against which the Assyrian king mounted a campaign in the early
years of his reign.
The Assyrians called them Uruatri,
a Hurrian principality according to P. Mack Crew in The Cambridge
Boris Piotrovsky states: "[The
proto-Urartian culture] had connections with the Hurrian
the spelling similarities between Hurrian & Urartu.