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Title: Kal Kharabe
Subtitle: A Recently Discovered Fortress and Rock-cut Chamber in the Orumiyeh Basin, Iran
Author(s): MOHAMMADI, Behrouz Khan , MOHAMMADI, Keomars Haji , DAN, Roberto
Journal: Iranica Antiqua
Volume: 53    Date: 2018   
Pages: 55-76
DOI: 10.2143/IA.53.0.3285478

Abstract :
This paper describes a recently discovered fortress and rock-cut chamber in the western Lake Orumiyeh basin, in Western Azerbaijan. The fortress shows walls and rock-cut steps similar to the remnants of other Urartian fortresses in the region, but a more precise date is impossible due to the absence of diagnostic pottery. The rock-cut tomb of Kal Kharabe has unique features, like the presence of three separate axially-aligned chambers, the high-quality stone working, and the existence of well-shaped niches and multiple recesses on the doors. These features allow us to date this rock-cut chamber with certainty to Urartian times.

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