Ardabil Province in Azerbaijan has over 500 stone steles bearing the images of faces of both men and women with no mouths. However all the details of these steles are a little bit exaggerated, claiming that this is the main core of cartooning. All of the steles belong to the Iron Age and are arranged one after another in the form of a wall.
The site of Shahr Yeri is located next to Pirazmeyan village, 32 kilometers off of Meshkin Shahr in Ardebil Province. The steles contain rather unique characteristics and according to the remains of earthenware and rare stones on the platforms, archaeologists believe the site used to serve as a temple, where inhabitants made offerings.
While the floor was made of stone, there is still no evidence as for the ceiling found. The steles vary in height from 35 centimeters to 230 centimeters. It seems that the temple was very important in the time before the Urartians invaded the region, but then the temple lost its prominence.
The Urartians were famous for attacking the beliefs of the inhabitants of every region they occupied in their invasions.
The steles were made of tuff which is not heavy and are also covered with many details like weapons, which vary in design and are very similar to those found in the graves of Iron Age I in Shahr Yeri.