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Remains of A Sasanian Fire Temple Discovered in Central Iran


06 July 2010



  Remains of the Sasanian Fire Temple in Vigol


LONDON, (CAIS) -- Ruins of a fire temple dating back to the Sasanian dynastic era have recently been discovered during a series of archaeological excavations in the Vigol region near Kashan in central Iran. 


The discovery was made during the latest season of excavations, which are being carried out by a team of archaeologists led by Mohsen Javeri and began in mid-June, the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (ICHTHO) announced in a press release on Monday.

The Zoroastrian fire temple has four entrances leading to the ruins of a fireplace embellished with unique stucco designs, Javeri said.

The team has also unearthed pieces of ornate stucco work at the foot of the alter, he added.

The fire temple floor has been covered with plaster. The walls of the mud-brick structure have been decorated with plaster dado rails, above which they have been painted with ochre paint.

The archaeologists surmise that the fire temple was used during the period after the fall of the Sasanian dynastic Empire due to the fact that the fire temple floor has been replastered several times.

“This is the first time such a structure with these characteristics has been identified in central Iran,” Javeri noted.

The fire temple is located in one of the two Sasanian cities, which were identified in the region in 2005. The cities were identified as Vogol and Haraskan.

Javery said that the ancient cities, which are almost intact, are buried under the sands. 

Upcoming studies on the cities could shed light on the transition of Iranian society after the fall of the last Zoroastrain dynasty and urbanism during the post-Sasanian and Islamic eras in the region, he stated.

The Vigol site is located in Aran and Bodgol region, at a distance of about seven kilometres northeast of the city of Kashan in Isfahan Province.







Original news bulletin published by Mehr News  rectified and edited by CAIS [*]




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