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More Iron Age Decorated Flagstones Discovered in Rabat Tappeh


09 November 2006




  Part of a pavement discovered in Rabat Tappeh (Picture the courtesy of CHN)

LONDON, (CAIS) -- The first season of archeological excavations in Rabat hill led into discovery of the traces of Sun Government which existed in the region during the Iron Age, as well as statues of winged goddesses and of a naked winged goddess in the region, never seen before in other historical sites in Iran. Such unique achievements attracted the attention of world scientific societies and countries to publish articles about archeological achievements in Rabat Tappeh.


Recent excavations in Rabat Tappeh started with the aim of unveiling the secret behind the unique art used in the flagstones of this area which belong to the first and second Iron Ages. Commenting on the new season of excavations, Reza Heidari, head of archeology team in Rabat Tappeh explained: “Continuing the excavations in Rabat Tappeh, we succeeded in the discovery of more flagstones which were placed very artistically in wheat cluster patterns. These flagstones were made using stones from nearby rivers.”


According to Heidari, the discovered bricks are different in size and colors and turquoise, yellow, and white were commonly used in these bricks. He also noted that these bricks are very similar to those previously discovered in Qalaichi Tappeh and were arranged in the form of concentric circles and dreadlock patterns. Head of archeology team in Rabat hill said that the factor which distinguishes these flagstones from others found elsewhere and makes them unique in comparison with the other ones is the combination of stone and brick used simultaneously in them.


“Since such design was previously found in the courtyard of Qalaichi’s temple, most probably the discovered area in Rabat Tappeh used to be part of a religious center as well,” said Heidari.


The first season of archeological excavations in Rabat Hill resulted in discovery of 3000-year-old 180x180 sq. cm flagstones is the region, which had never been found in other regions.




Extracted From/Source: Cultural Heritage News Agency (CHN)

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