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Excavations to Identify Sasanian Religious Platform in Ancient Shiz

 

05 September 2006

 

 

 

LONDON, (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.

Takht-e Soleiman which in ancient times was known as Azar Goshasp was one the greatest and most splendid Sasanian Fire-Temples in mainland-Iran.


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 devotional ceremonies.


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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Extracted From/Source: Iran Daily

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