Characterization of Architectural Decoration in Rocky Temple of Verjuy in Maragheh - Journal of Research on Archaeometry
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Temple of Verjuy is one of the particular monuments in the type of regional architecture, in the skirt of Sahand volcano; this building is located in the Verjuy village in the suburbs of the Maragheh city from the East Azerbaijan province, In past literature about this building, the architectural decorations of the temple have not been taken into consideration and in general, a lot of references, repeat the first information related to the history, usage and stone carving of this temple. Due to the fact that the specialized architectural decorations of this monument have not yet been specialized studies, since the variety of architectural decorations and also the evidence for the application of materials to make decorations in this building can be one of the main finding new information on this research. The aim of this paper is present a new finding in application of mortar on architectural decoration as a plaster inside the temple belong to Islamic era. for this propose the fields work (describe and analyze of architectural spaces and documentation of architectural decorations with photography) and sampling of plaster and also Analysis (XRD,XRF,SEM-edx and thin section petrography) has been done, the results of this research show that, except for stone decoration, we have another decoration  with  lime base mortar in cover of Muqarnas work and another place of the building, that this new finding reported for the first time, the above items represent the application of the building during different periods and it is possible to attribute the earliest works and shreds of evidence of the use of the original dome in its new use in the Islamic period, to the Ilkhanid period.
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Technical Note: Original Research | Subject: Archaeometry
Received: 2018/09/29 | Accepted: 2018/12/21

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