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Golden Cup depicting Griffin on top band. Excavated at Marlik, Gilan, Iran. First half of first millennium BC.
Golden necklace of three Swastikas found in Marlik, dates back to first millennium B.C.

Marlik is an ancient site near Roudbar in Gilan, north of Iran. The site of a royal cemetery, and artifacts found at this site date back to 3,000 years ago. Some of the artifacts contain amazing workmanship with gold.[1] According to G.N.Kurochkin, the archeological monuments Indo-Iranians and show similarities to the descriptions of the Avesta Yashts.


  1. ^ Langer, William L., ed. (1972). An Encyclopedia of World History (5th ed.). Boston, MA: Houghton Mifflin Company. p. 17. ISBN 0-395-13592-3. 
  • G.N. Kurochkin, "Archeological search for the Near Eastern Aryans and the royal cemetery of Marlik in northern Iran", nnales Academiae Scientiarum Fennicae. Series B ISSN 0066-2011, 1993, vol. 271 (1), pp. 389-395 (10 ref.) [1]
  • Negahban, Ezat O. (1996). Marlik: The Complete Excavation Report. UPenn Museum of Archaeology. ISBN 9780924171321. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 

Coordinates: 36°49′50″N 49°27′33″E / 36.83056°N 49.45917°E / 36.83056; 49.45917