latest round of excavations in the historical site of
Takht-e Soleiman in Northwest of Iran have discounted the
theory by German archeologists that an adobe barrier
around the ancient site dated back to the Sassanid era
(224-651 AD), reported CHN.
The Sassanid fire temple of Takht-e Soleiman which was
alight for several centuries was located along a
mysterious spring water. The proximity of water and fire
indicated that Sassanid subjects used to worship both the
Head of the excavation team at Takht-e Suleiman Yousef
Moradi said that German team which had been involved in
excavations in the area several years ago had stated that
there is a 1,120 meter mud-brick barrier around the fire
temple compound which was 9 meters high, 12 meters wide
and 1,120 meters long.
They said that the adobe barrier pre-dated the stone wall
which was built after the collapse of the mud-brick
Moradi however said that the stone wall was built by Aba
Khan (or Abu Ke’un) of the Ilkhanid period who had built
a palace in 1335-1336 AD on the remains of a Sassanid
structure and mud was also used in building the stone
Aba Khan, the last ruler of the Persianized-Mongol dynasty
of Ilkhanids, had banished the people of Takht-e Soleiman
and had turned the area into a private hunting ground.
The people returned home and built new houses there after
Aba Khan died.