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Possible Existence of another Ziggurat at Choghazanbil

 

News Category: Elamite Period

 15 September 2004

 

 

An Iranian archeologist said evidence indicates the existence of a ziggurat older than the 3,000-year-old counterpart at Choghazanbil and Haft-Tappeh in Khuzestan province.


The Persian daily Toseh reported geophysical studies are underway in the area.


"The second stage of seismic studies at Choghazanbil and Haft-Tappeh will resume from September 22," archeologist Hamid Fadaei said.
He noted that the theory of other ziggurats around Choghazanbil and Haft-Tappeh, put forward by renowned Professor Negahban before 1979, has gained strength in light of the current studies.


"'Deh-e No' is a hill where ancestors of Ontash Nepirisha, the ruler of Orantash had been living 6,000 years ago or 4,000/5,000 years before Christ," he said.


A brick has been unearthed from the hill with inscriptions indicating that there are ziggurats at 'Deh-e No' preceding the one at Choghazanbil.


Ziggurat is a terraced temple tower pyramidal in form, which is dedicated to an Ilamid god.

 

 

 

 

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