The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
LONDON, (CAIS) -- A team of Iranian archaeologists working on the Kangelu Fortress in northern Iran’s Mazandaran Province have put forward the idea that the Sasanian fortress was built to be waterproof as a suitable site for holding rituals in honor of Anahita, the Zoroastrian deity of fertility, water and rivers.
indicates that an oily material has been added to the mortar to waterproof the
structure of the building.
fortress and the terrace-shaped structures situated at both sides have been
built with a mortar of gypsum, lime and stone. However it has been observed that
gaps in the fortress and the bottom of the adjoining terraces have also been
covered with an oily mortar, team director Saman Surtiji told the Persian
service of CHN on Sunday.
reservation, it can be said that the monument was a type of reservoir for
storing water and may have been a temple dedicated to Anahita, deity of
water,” he noted.
prove the theory, we need stronger evidence and further excavations and studies
should be carried out, particularly on the fortress’s first floor,” Surtiji
of oil in the mortar was proved via spectrophotometric and centrifugal analysis.
an area of 50 square meters, the Kangelu Fortress was originally constructed in
three stories but the third floor has disintegrated over the years.
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