Sunday, November 15, 2009
Further excavations indicate that the prehistoric inhabitants of the region used flint stones for making war and hunting tools. This stone has been identified in the layers of Neolithic epoch (about 9000 years ago).
The main worship center of the site consists of stones on which mouthless faces of human beings are carved. According to Nobari these stones were used as totems, worshiped by the inhabitants of Shahr’e Yeri before the collapse of the city following the defeat against the Urartu people. Based on the findings of excavations in the Shahr’e Yeri, the inhabitants of the region broke with their religious beliefs and holy prayer centers due to the prevailing of a political religion after the domination of Urartu civilization over the region.
“Following their capture of the city, the Urartians made the residents’ totems valueless and then preached the existence of one unique God and a political religion in the region,” said Nobari, noting the construction of the fortress over the worship center by means of its stones as sign of people abandoning their previous religious beliefs and the center losing its sanctity.
Currently many of the structures of Shahr’e Yeri are in danger of destruction as a result of natural circumstances such as rain and snow and also lack of maintenance. There are plans to construct a museum at the site.