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New Findings Reject Germans' Theory about Takht-e Soleiman


News Category: Sasanian Dynasty

 12 November 2005



The 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 elements.

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 fortification.

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 wall.

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.





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