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to Identify Sasanian Religious Platform in Ancient Shiz
05 September 2006
(CAIS) -- Excavations at the Takht-e Soleiman (Shiz)
historical site in West Azarbaijan province began with the
aim of identifying a five-story platform which was
supposedly used for performing Zoroastrian ceremonies
during the Sasanian dynastic era.
Soleiman which in ancient times was known as Azar Goshasp
was one the greatest and most splendid Sasanian Fire-Temples
Director of Takht-e Soleiman archeological team, Yousef
Moradi, described the platform as important in terms of
architecture, and said in preliminary studies undertaken
outside the historical complex in farmlands, a very
significant structure was unearthed. This, he pointed out,
is of high importance in terms of architecture. However,
due to the onset of the cold season and opposition of the
farmers and land owners to the excavations, the team put
off the identification of the platform to present round of
excavations, said the official.
Following talks with farmers, excavations began in the
area, he said, adding that the unearthed structure is
likely to be the remnant of a platform for holding
Moradi further stated that documents indicate that the alter
was made in five stories and the wall around was decorated
with stone blocks.
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