Tehran, 12 October 2005 (CHN) - The recent excavations in Rabat Teppe archaeological site in Sardasht, Northwestern Iran, led to discovery of four icons of winged goddesses on bricks which belong to 3000 years ago. These are the first ever winged goddesses found in Iran.
In initial measures, the area of the archaeological site was believed to be 14 hectares but recent studies extend its measures to 25 hectares.
"This season of the excavations has led to discovery of four winged goddesses in Rabat Teppe which can be traced back to the Iron Age, about 3000 years ago. This kind of icons has never been seen in any Iranian archaeological site before," said Reza Heydari, an archaeologist of Western Azarbaijan Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization.
"These icons are unique and have no counterpart even in Persepolis. In Persepolis there is no sign of women," he added.
According to him, "the found icons are women with haunches that are similar to deer or cow. Each one of the four goddesses has 2 raised wings."
The most outward level of the site belongs to the first millennium BC. The archaeologists' excavation which was started in current year September is an effort for a comparison of the site to the Mushashir's civilization. Based on historical documents, one of the biggest ancient religion's temples was based in the location.
Mushashir civilization was contemporary with Urartu and Assyria. Due to political situations, Mushashirs sometimes allied with Assyrians or Urartu people.
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