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Seals Reveal Insight into
The third season of archeological
excavations in the Takht-e Soleyman has led to major
finds, chief among them a large number of clay seals
from the Sassanid era. Experts believe study of the
seals could furnish valuable information regarding the
administrative systems in the era.
The third season started in early September, supervised
by Yousef Moradi, in a bid to find the northern entrance
and how it connects to buildings. Drawing to a close, it
has rendered new information as to the age and use of
the buildings in the complex.
Now archeologists are faced with new questions. First,
are discovered Sassanid seals related to the area around
the entrance? And second if the answer is no, what had
been the function of the area?
The three excavation seasons conducted in the site have
already shed light on the northern entrance and the
buildings surrounding it.
In addition, 13 distinct phases of construction have
been pinpointed in the internal front of the entrance.
Archeologists believe five phases were carried out in
the Sassanid era, while the remaining eight were
completed at the late Ilkhanid era.
The Takht-e Soleyman complex turned into a town at the
late Ilkhanid era, as public buildings such as mosques,
bath houses, industrial workshops and a number of houses
sprang up in the site.
What is now known as the Takht-e Soleyman comprises
ruins of the Azar Goshnasb fire temple from the Sassanid
and the Abaqa Khan palace from the Ilkhanid era.
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