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Title: Étude technique et interprétations du monument rupestre de Qadamgah (Fars)
Author(s): BESSAC, J.-C.
Journal: Iranica Antiqua
Volume: 42    Date: 2007   
Pages: 185-206
DOI: 10.2143/IA.42.0.2017875

Abstract :
Discovered in 1881, in the southeastern part of Kuh-e-Rahmat (Fars) massif, above a spring, the rock-cut monument of Qadamgah still is the matter of archaeological discussions regarding its nature: unfinished tomb or cultual monument? The present study focuses mainly on the topic of rock-cutting techniques and shows that this monument is indeed finished. It has been achieved in one of the most fractured areas of the rocky massif, which explains its numerous repairs through facings, already during its creation. The site’s function is therefore very likely cultual and related to the presence of the spring. The hypothesis of a funerary function may then be rejected.

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