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After Alexander: Central Asia before Islam$
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Joe Cribb and Georgina Herrmann

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263846

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263846.001.0001

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The Fire Temple at Tash-k’irman Tepe, Chorasmia

The Fire Temple at Tash-k’irman Tepe, Chorasmia

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After Alexander: Central Asia before Islam



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This chapter describes the fire temple in Tash-k'irman Tepe, Chorasmia. The interpretation of the Tash-k'irman Tepe fire temple is problematic, but there is strong enough evidence indicating the apparent parallels with Bronze and Early Iron Age cultic buildings, particularly in Margiana and Media. The Tash-k'irman Tepe temple seems to have its background in a mixture of early southern architectural influences and northern steppic cult practices, reflecting its unique location at the fringes of the settled ancient world, surrounded by steppe and desert.

Keywords:   fire temple, Tash-k'irman Tepe, Chorasmia, cultic buildings, Margiana, Media, steppic cult practices

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