Tepe Bardeh-Konte: A Mannean Site in Mahabad, Northwest Iran

Document Type : Original Research Article


1 Professor of Archaeology, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran. Iran

2 Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran. Iran

3 Tissaphernes Archaeological Research Group, Tehran, Iran.


North western Iran is one of the main focal points of Mannaean sites for reconstruction of this historical period. Discovery of the sites such as Tepe Qalaichi, Zendan-i soleiman, Tepe Rabat, Qal’e Bardineh and others in this region prove this claim. Tepe Bardeh-Konte, on the southern side of Uremia lake watershed, is located in Mahabad. This site with rock-cut structures including stairs, tunnel, pits and cut-walls is situated near the Fakhrigah rock-tomb. Studying and analyzing the pottery data from this region demonstrate that the site belongs to an Iron Age III settlement; the pottery collection from the site is similar to those from Mannaean sites such as Tepe Qalaychi, Tepe Rabat, Tepe Ziwiye, Qal’e Bardineh, Zendan-i Soliyman and Kul Tarike. This article is to report the first archaeological investigation results from the first season of survey and stratigraphy of Tepe Bardeh-Konte which yielded a Mannaean settlement period. 


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Volume 2, Issue 2 - Serial Number 2
January 2022
Pages 37-59
  • Receive Date: 26 March 2021
  • Revise Date: 17 April 2021
  • Accept Date: 15 May 2021
  • First Publish Date: 17 July 2021