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Khorheh, an Isolated Arsacid Non-Religious Edifice in Mainland Iran

 

24 August 2003

 

 

 

 

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LONDON, (CAIS) -- Following the fifth stage of excavation in the historical region of Khorheh, Mahallat, Central Province, it became clear that the edifice of the archeologoical site is the only non-religious edifice of Ashkanid dynasty in Iran.

The discovered relics ranging from 9th century to the 15th century CE, as well Arsacid copper coins which assisted to reveal the fact that the edifice is the lone non-religious edifice, said head of the excavation group. 

For a long time it was believed that Khorheh was keeps the last remains of a firetemple belonging to the Seleucids era, but according to the latest discoveries, it appears to be a mansion built in the first century BCE and used as a mansion until the end of Arsacid dynasty (224 CE).

The mansion consists of two interior (seraglio) and exterior parts separated completely by a door, signifying the main architectural significance of the Arsacid dynastic era.

The exterior part of the mansion was used for formal visits and gatherings, and family members used to live in the interior part of the building. The edifice was also used in the Sasanid era and later turned into a cemetery in the Ilkhanid era.

 

 

 

 

 

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