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Ancient ritual platforms discovered in Iranian hill
Sun Jul 22, 2012 3:18PM
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Archaeologists have excavated ancient ritual platforms dating back to Iron Age in Jeyran hill located in the Iranian province of North Khorasan.

Concerning their specifications, the platforms discovered in Iran are unique, said deputy head of Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (CHTO) for cultural heritage affairs in North Khorasan as well as team leader Ali Akbar Vahdati.

He also noted that similar platforms have been unearthed in several Middle Asian countries such as Turkmenistan so far.

The studies demonstrate that the platforms do not yield the area as a residential sector, Vahdati explained.

The experts suggest that people, inhabited the region about 1500 years ago, used the place for ritual ceremonies and paid tribute to these platforms.

While a number of graves have also been found in the area, archaeologists believe the ancient inhabitants of the region used to put their dead in open space, then buried them after performing rituals.

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