Daniel T. Potts

in The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Ritual and Religion

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199232444
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology


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This article discusses the archaeology of ritual and religion in Iran. Iran's religions have left an indelible mark on the material culture and landscape of the region. However, despite a wealth of written documentation from the Bronze Age onwards, many questions remain unanswered as a result of the fact that the sources either do not address matters of religious praxis (as in the case of the Bronze Age and much of the Iron Age) or they post-date the periods of greatest concern (as in the case of the Avestan and other sources on Zoroastrianism) and cannot therefore be projected back onto situations that may have obtained during the Achaemenid, Parthian, and Sasanian eras.

Keywords: ritual; religion; archaeology; Bronze Age; material culture; landscape

Article.  7484 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Archaeology of the Near East

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