Hojabri Nuri added that the steles are arranged one after another in the
form of a wall and date back to the Iron Age.
Yeri is located near Pirazmeyan village, 32 kilometers off of Meshkin
Shahr in Ardebil Province.
discovered steles enjoy unique characteristics, and the remains of
earthenware and rare stones on the stone platforms beneath the steles
indicate that the place used to be a temple where the inhabitants made
temple floor was made of stone, although no sign of its ceiling has been
found yet. The steles vary in height from 35 centimeters to 230
seems that the temple was very important in the time before the Urartians
invaded the region, but then the temple lost its prominence. The Urartians
were famous for attacking the beliefs of the inhabitants of every region
they occupied in their invasions,” he explained.
also mentioned that the discovery of several other inscriptions on the
wall of a castle, which was discovered by archaeologist Charles Burney in
1978 at the site, show that the steles later lost their appeal and were no
longer important for the people.
Nuri pointed out that the remains of the earthenware found at both the
temple and the castle indicate that the temple was constructed before the
steles are made of tuff, which is not heavy and are covered with many
details such as weapons, he added. The weapons on the steles are extremely
varied and are similar to those found in the graves of Iron Age I in Shahr
Yeri, he said.
the details of each face are engraved on the steles except for the mouth,
which seems to have a religious meaning, he added.
to the first theory, the steles were made by the inhabitants and were
placed in the temple as offerings to their gods, but the second theory
says that the steles were their gods themselves, he explained, adding that
both theories state that a face with no mouth means silence.