Recent research on the Eshagh Vand tombs
in the western province of Kermanshah has found that
they belong to the Seleucid era.
There is, however, some debate on the matter. Late
professor Hertsfeld had related them to the Achaemenid
dynasty, and believed that the central tomb belongs to
Geomata, the infamous Magi, who revolted against Darius
the Great. Some others have approved its belonging to
the Achaemenid time, but dismissed it being the
At the top of the central tomb, there is an engraved
profile of a man with pleated clothes standing, holding
his hands up in front of his face as if praying. The
picture also includes a torch, a hearth, and another
person at the back.
The tombs are located in Kermanshah, and take their name
from a village nearby.