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Zoroastrian temple discovered in Toprak-Kala site of the Khazarasp region

In 2003–2007, archaeological excavations and search work were carried out at the Toprak-Kala site of the Khazarasp region, with the scientific study of the Meshekli caravanserai and its surroundings, and in 2010–2011, the Humbuztepa ceramic craft center was studied.

As a result, one of the oldest temples of Central Asia associated with Zoroastrianism was discovered and studied here.

Apparently, it functioned from the end of the 5th century BCE to the beginning of the 4th century CE. In 2012–2019, the study of the oldest Central Asian Zoroastrian temple Humbuztepa under the leadership of S. Baratov was continued, resulting in many new finds dating back to the 6th – 4th centuries BCE These were entirely preserved bowls, goblets, ceramic hums and much more.

In addition, there was a large collection of terracotta figurines, some of which are completely unique. The findings of Uzbek scholars confirm that Khorezm was the birthplace of Zoroastrianism.

You can learn more about the topic in the book-album "The Collection of the Ichan-Kala State Museum-Reserve" (Volume XLVII) in the series "Сultural legacy of Uzbekistan in the world collections".

The main sponsor of the project is the oilfield services company Eriell-Group.

Zoroastrian temple discovered in  Toprak-Kala site of the Khazarasp region