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Archaeological Excavations Going on in Qoli Darvish


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18 September 2003 



The first archaeological excavations season has started in the Qoli Darvish historical site in Jamkaran near Qom in central Iran against a background of human intrusions in the area.

The excavations are designed to stop further damages being done to the historical site as a result of development and agricultural activity going on nearby.

Only one hectare of the 30 hectare site has remained intact, while many of its historical features have been destroyed.

Head of the excavations team said studies show the tallest part of the area used to be 20 meters high, but now the tallest area is just 8 meters. Siamak Sarlak remarked excavations carried out so far pointed to 8 various architectural periods.

"Apart from architectural buildings, some bronze and iron objects, animal bones and pottery pieces have been discovered," he noted. Settlement evidence indicates sequence of life from the third millennium B.C. to the Iron Age (first millennium BC), he said, adding they used various kinds of mud bricks.

The first excavations season has been going on since august 23 and are expected to continue for two more weeks. The team includes seven archaeological experts, planned to be joined by restoration experts.



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