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Parthian-Era Temple Discovered in Iran

Wednesday, November 13, 2013


TEHRAN, IRAN—A team of Iranian and Italian archaeologists excavating a Parthian-Era (247 B.C.-A.D. 224) site in southwestern Iran has uncovered a temple made of large, rectangular stones laid without mortar. “A member of the team says that it was an altar or a small platform for worship,” said Vito Messina of the University of Turin. They also discovered an ancient family tomb that was used for 100 years. “It is a small rectangular room with a stone structure,” added archaeologist Jafar Mehrkian.