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Iron Age Foundries Unearthed in Jamkaran


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 24 October 2003



The archaeological excavations in Qoli Darvish area, in Jamkaran, Qom led to the discovery of foundries used for melting iron and some other architectural features of the Iron Age.

The two-month long project started at the end of August, aiming at identifying the characteristics of human dwellings there and studying the culture of the earthenware craftsmen of the Iron Age.

“The excavations showed that the Qoli Darvish area of Jamkaran has been one of the vastest dwelling places in the central part of Iran’s plateau during the cultural era of the Iron Age (2700 to 3200 years ago),” explained head of the excavation team Siamak Sarlak.

According to him, the stratigraphy of the area revealed 14 stages of settlement in the Iron Age, and the documents found signify dwellings in the Historical and Islamic Ages.

Architectural features, iron melting and bronze making technologies, the art and industry of making earthenware, stamp making and also the economic production methods of the people of the time are indications of their sophistication.

Qoli Darvish is one of the historical hills of Iran which has been intruded on by construction and agricultural activities in the area, reducing its height from 20 meters to just 8 meters.



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