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date: 23 October 2019

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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

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