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Iran’s 'city of the mouthless' to get more attention


Shahr-e Yeri, a unique archaeological site in northwest Iran, is set to be turned into a "national heritage base", a status that may bring more attention to the ancient city sometimes referred to as the “city of the mouthless”.

Iran’s 'city of the mouthless' to get more attention
Credit: ISNA
Situated near Pirazman village of Meshkin Shahr, in Ardabil province, Shahr-e Yeri is one of the earliest settlements in the Iran and is estimated to be more than 6,000 years old.

Iran’s 'city of the mouthless' to get more attention
Iran’s 'city of the mouthless' to get more attention
Credit: ISNA


“The decision of establishing a national heritage base in Shahr-e Yeri was made after it faced many problems and followed warnings about the inappropriate state of the historical site,” ISNA reported.

Iran’s 'city of the mouthless' to get more attention
Iran’s 'city of the mouthless' to get more attention
Credit: ISNA

Shahr-e Yeri embraces an Iron-Age fortress, three prehistoric temples and 280 carved stones on which mouthless faces are depicted, all stretched across 400 hectares of several small hills.

Iran’s 'city of the mouthless' to get more attention
Credit: ISNA

It is thought these stones were used as totems, worshipped by the inhabitants of Shahr’e Yeri before the collapse of the city after it fell to the Urartians.

Iran’s 'city of the mouthless' to get more attention
Credit: ISNA
The dead were buries in megalithic tombs, the majority of which were found empty due to illegal excavations.

Shahr-e Yeri was inscribed on the list of National Heritage Sites in 1931.

Source: Tehran Times [August 09, 2018]

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