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Seal of the Grand Zoroastrian Priest Found in Iranian World Heritage Site

 

News Category: Sasanian Dynasty

 04 April 2004

 

 

A seal used by the grand Zoroastrian priest was discovered in archaeological excavations carried out over the last Iranian year in the historical Takht-e Soleyman site.

Head of the archaeological team Ebrahim Heydari said a considerable number of documents on clay seals used by social and religious figures was discovered near the northern gate of the site.

“The most significant find is one used by the grand Zoroastrian priest, imprinted with mythological designs in praise of water and fire,” he noted.

The seals can contribute to the existing understanding about Takht-e Soleyman and the Azar Goshnasb fire temple. Over the last two years, some 1300 seals have been discovered in the area, most of which found by a German expedition.

“The seals are credible evidence that establish the location of the Azar Goshnasb fire temple… the grand Zoroastrian priest used his own seal to sign orders addressed to priests of a lower rank,” Heydari noted.

The mythological designs on the seals can assist archaeologists to find out more about the beliefs of the local people.

Takht-e Soleyman is inscribed on the UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

 

 

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