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Azar-Borzin-Mehr Fire Temple Under Excavations
22 October 2007
(CAIS) -- A joint
Iranian-Polish team has started excavations at the site of the Azar Borzin Mehr
fire temple in Sabzevar, northeastern Iran.
Iran's Archeology Research Center and a team from Warsaw University are studying
the temple, a quadric-arch.
Archeologists will work to figure out the plan and elevations of the building as
well as the cultural elements of the area.
Early studies led to the discovery of a dual-purpose space built in the heights
near the temple and used as an ablution room.
The group is also studying the firebox and the main hall, in which worshippers
circumambulated the sacred fire.
Azar-Borzin Mehr is one of the three major Zoroastrian fire temples belonging to
the Sasanian dynasty (224-651 CE) and was used by farmers and villagers.
Zoroastrianism is the religion ascribed to the ancient Iranian prophet,
Zarathushtra (Zoroaster), who lived around 1700 BCE.
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