than ten clay marbles from the Ilkhanid era (1251
- 1355) have been discovered in the historical
site of Takht-e Soleyman in West Azarbaijan,
Northwest of Iran.
The latest excavations in the Takht-e Soleyman
site, led by Yusef Moradi, that reached an end
last month, was aimed at the identification of
layers dating to the Ilkhanid times.
“Ten clay marbles, completely round and polished
like the glass ones of today, were found during
the latest excavations,” said Moradi, adding
that they were made of mud and turned into clay
during a 700-year period.
“The marbles were discovered near residential
areas of the Ilkhanid site, and evidently used as
toys,” Moradi told CHN.
They are of different sizes, with diameters from
1.5 to 3 centimeters. Other items that are
believed to have been children toys have also been
discovered on the site, but their exact use has
not yet been identified.