TEHERAN – The project to install a series of bespoke roof coverings is almost complete to protect Shahr-e Yeri, a unique archaeological site in northwestern Iran, from further erosion.
The installation of shielding structures is part of an extensive project to protect the 400 hectare archaeological site, sometimes referred to as the “city of the mouthless”, from harsh natural conditions.
Shahr-e Yeri is one of the earliest settlements in the country, located near the Pirazman village of Meshkin Shahr in northwestern Ardebil Province. The archaeological site was added to the list of national cultural heritage in 1931.
“More than a decade has passed since the (latest) archaeological exploration of Shahr-e Yeri, and unfortunately this memory of an 8,000-year-old civilization has been exposed to snow and rain … [installing] Roofing and the related studies were carried out in less than two years, ”CHTN quoted the tourism director of Nader Fallahi province on Saturday.
The site includes an Iron Age fortress, three prehistoric temples, and dozens of stones with bizarre mouthless faces carved on them. During its heyday, the bodies of the dead were buried with special ceremonies and rituals in accordance with religious beliefs. However, most of the graves were found without skeletons due to illegal excavation, according to the Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies.
More than 10,000 ancient petroglyphs and rock carvings have been discovered in and around Meshkin Shahr in recent years. Some of the objects show representations of people doing archery, cavalry in rhythmic and magical themes. There are also petroglyphs depicting mountain goats, boat anchors, shooting and war scenes, as well as deer hunting scenes in an individual and collective form.