latest excavations at the northern gate of the Takht-e Suleiman
historical site show that during the reign of the Sasanid
dynasty (224-642 A.D.), Iranians used special labels on goods as
a way of promoting their brands.
Since late July archaeologists have been conducting concerted
excavations in the site northwest of Iran. “These labels
served different functions. On one of them, you could see two
abstract figures from the Sasanid Imperial court, indicating the
goods were dedicated to the royal family,” said Yussef Moradi,
head of the excavation team.
The labels are in the form of two seals engraved on earthenware
vessels and are discovered on the top layer of soil near the
northern gate. archaeologists hope to unravel bureaucratic
relations of the era.
Located in a mountainous area of northwestern Iran and 42
kilometers north of Takab, Takht-e Suleyman (the ‘Throne of
Solomon’) is one of the most interesting and enigmatic sacred
sites in Iran.
setting and landforms must certainly have inspired the mythic
imagination of the archaic mind. Situated in a small valley, at
the center of a flat stone hill rising twenty meters above the
surrounding lands, is a small lake of mysterious beauty.
Brilliantly clear but dark as night due to its depth, the
lake’s waters are fed by a hidden spring far below the
surface. Places like this were known in legendary times as
portals to the underworld, as abodes of the earth spirits.
Archaeological studies have shown that human settlements existed
in the immediate region since at least the 1st millennium BC,
with the earliest building remains upon the lake-mound from the
Achaemenid culture (559-330 BC).