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Journal:   PAZHOHESH-HA-YE BASTANSHENASI IRAN   spring 2017 , Volume 7 , Number 12 ; Page(s) 211 To 226.
 
Paper: 

An Archaeological Distribution and Analysis of the Sassanid Chartaghies in the Western and South-Western Regions of Fars Province

 
 
Author(s):  TAJBAKHSH ROYA*, vandaee milad
 
* Department archaeology, College of Humanities, Hamedan Azad university, Hamedan, Iran
 
Abstract: 
The Sassanid dynasty is a historical period when the Sassanid kings have factor their attention on the Zoroastrian religion and religious issues and events. The Zoroastrian religion has had a special impact on the culture (art and architecture) during this era. It seems that the understanding and learning more about the Sassanid religions architecture could provide us with a more obvious and outstanding prospect of religions characteristics and customs. Therefore, a research project titled “ an archaeological distribution analysis of the Sassanid Chartaghies in the western and south-western regions of Fars province” was launched during three archaeological seasons in winter 2011, as well as spring and summer 2012. The outcome of the study was recognizing 18 Chartaghies between the cities of Baladeh and Farashband to Firuzabad. The present endeavor studies the chronology of one of the most prominent and untouched Chartaghies of the region called “ Gonbad Chartaghi collection” . This fire temple is a recognized sample of Sassanid religions architecture. This archaeological element was previously known to be merely religions and their construction was understood to be closely related to the worship of fire. There are so many of these Chartaghi at Fars province which it seems unreasonable to have been solely and necessarily designed be possible that some of these Chartaghies were built for other purposes whit different attitudes. Some of researchers believe that they were places for fire worships while others consider them to be solely an archaeological element. As pointed out above, the current study attempted to determine the functioning of the temple collection. Thus their architectures were compared whit similar buildings. As the distinction and recognition of the Chartaghi architecture collection whit a religions functioning from other building in which the form can only be observed can contribute to a better understanding of the Sassanid architecture. The following four questions were raised: 1-When was the Gonbad Chartaghi collection built? 2-Can a Fire Temple functioning be determined for this collection based on the remaining evidence? 3-Has This Chartaghi collection followed a pattern similar and singular to the Iranian Chartaghies (specifically the Sassanid Empire)? 4-Are there any news or trace of the present monument in the written texts from the Sassanid era? A stylistic comparison of the Gonbad Chartaghies between this monument and Sassanid samples in terms of plan, material, dome, and vaults. The construction benefits from a similar pattern, too. Based on Dietrich Hoff classification, this collection can be included among the Sassanid Chartaghies because the walls of the worship corridor and its vaults (whereby crescent vaults have been used to build the corner domes) seems to be similar to Takhte-Soliman great temple. As a result, based on what was mentioned above, specific elements of a Fire Temple can be observed in the Gonbad Chartaghi collection. It could also be argued that this monument is a religions building with a Fire Temple functioning belonging to the Sassanid era. The building includes a worship hall, several rooms, with Yazshen-gah functioning as well as some rooms for priests and Fire Temple attendants. Based on round group classification and with respect to the fire which turned on inside the temple, it has been use by local people. The typology of the discovered pottery could not help determine an exact date. However, according to its architectural typology with the original forms of the Chartaghies of the above mentioned period, it would be possible to determine the period between the fifth to ninth centuries B. C. as the time when the Chartaghi has commonly been used as a Fire Temple by the follower and Zoroastrian priests.
 
Keyword(s): Chartaghi,Fire Temple,Gonbad,Farashband,Zoroastrian,Religion,Sassanid
 
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