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Ancient Toy Marbles Found in Takht-e Soleyman

Tehran, Jan. 3 (Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency) -- More than ten clay marbles from the Ilkhanid era (1251 - 1355) have been discovered in the historical site of Takht-e Soleyman in West Azarbaijan, Northwest of Iran.

The latest excavations in the Takht-e Soleyman site, led by Yusef Moradi, that reached an end last month, was aimed at the identification of layers dating to the Ilkhanid times.

"Ten clay marbles, completely round and polished like the glass ones of today, were found during the latest excavations," said Moradi, adding that they were made of mud and turned into clay during a 700-year period.

"The marbles were discovered near residential areas of the Ilkhanid site, and evidently used as toys," Moradi told CHN.

They are of different sizes, with diameters from 1.5 to 3 centimeters. Other items that are believed to have been children toys have also been discovered on the site, but their exact use has not yet been identified.

Takht-e Soleyman in West Azarbaijan, near Takab city, was inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List in 2003. The site includes the principal Zoroastrian sanctuary partly rebuilt in the Ilkhanid (Mongol) period (13th century) as well as a temple of the Sassanid period (6th and 7th centuries) dedicated to Anahita.

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