latest excavation in the northern gate of Takht-e Suleiman, an
ancient Zoroastrian fire temple northwest of Iran, has revealed
architectural relics dating back to the late Il-Khanid era
Located in a mountainous area of northwestern Iran and 42
kilometers north of Takab, Takht-e Suleiman (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.
archaeologists started the fourth season of the third round of
excavations two weeks ago and they seek to find how people
entered the historical site. Meanwhile, they unearthed some
structural remains belonging to the late Il-Khanid dynasty,
indicating that Takht-e Suleiman boomed as a township after the
decease of Abaghakhan, Il-Khanid ruler of the are, and people
kept living there in colonies, said team leader Yussef Moradi.
“Ironically, after the death of Abaghakhan, people ruined his
mansion and used its construction material to build and/or
refurbish their own houses,” he added.
Moradi expressed hope that his team would find more clues as
they dig deeper. The latest excavation would last till late