Wednesday, May 11, 2005

New studies indicate Gharbalbiz may date back to Achaemenid era

New studies on Gharbalbiz indicate that it may date back to the Achaemenid era (550-331 BC), Azarmidokht Esfandiari, the head of an archaeological team working at the ancient site, said on Wednesday.

Based on some evidence, archaeologists previously thought that Gharbalbiz was a Parthian site. The discovery of a cemetery and a temple which were attributed to the religion of Mithraism had led them to believe that the site was Parthian.

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