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The Fire Temple at Tash-k’irman Tepe, Chorasmia

ALISON V. G. BETTS and VADIM N. YAGODIN

in After Alexander: Central Asia before Islam

Published by British Academy

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263846
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734113 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263846.003.0022

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

The Fire Temple at Tash-k’irman Tepe, Chorasmia

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This chapter describes the fire temple in Tash-k'irman Tepe, Chorasmia. The interpretation of the Tash-k'irman Tepe fire temple is problematic, but there is strong enough evidence indicating the apparent parallels with Bronze and Early Iron Age cultic buildings, particularly in Margiana and Media. The Tash-k'irman Tepe temple seems to have its background in a mixture of early southern architectural influences and northern steppic cult practices, reflecting its unique location at the fringes of the settled ancient world, surrounded by steppe and desert.

Keywords: fire temple; Tash-k'irman Tepe; Chorasmia; cultic buildings; Margiana; Media; steppic cult practices

Chapter.  5868 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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