A Special-Purpose Room on Göbekly-depe

Gaibov Vasif A.

The article is devoted to the central complex of Göbekly-depe, a Parthian time fortress (Margiana, Merv oasis). The complex was the residence of a king’s official (commandant of the fortress) and also included warehouses and homes of service staff. One of the complex’s rooms deserves particular attention. It appears that the room was sealed in a special way. Some features of the room as well as an incense-burner (thymiaterium) found there allow us to assume that the room was intended for storing cult objects.

Keywords: Margiana, Merv oasis, bullae, seal impressions, thymiaterium.
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