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Quake unearths 3 censer bases.

Three censer bases, which date back to the Sassanian Dynasty (224-643 CE), have been unearthed during post-earthquake repairs in Bushehr province on the Persian Gulf coast.

Covered with saruj, a mortar of cement and gypsum used in Sassanian architecture, the stone bases were uncovered as workmen were restoring a house in the village of Keshtu, which was damaged in the earthquake of April 9, the Bushehr Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department told the state news agency last Thursday.

Censers are vessels for buring incense. The censer bases may have belonged to a Zoroastrian fire temple, Hadi Akhlaqi said. He added that the department has taken control of the site where the structures were unearthed for more study.

The inverted palm-shaped censer bases have been made "artistically," Akhlaqi said.

Similar censer bases have previously been discovered in the village of Bonyad in the province, the Palangard Tepe in Eslamabad Gharb in Kermanshah province, and a fire temple near the town of Aran-Bidgol in Esfahan province, he said.

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Title Annotation:Culture: From then to now
Publication:Iran Times International (Washington, DC)
Date:Aug 9, 2013
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