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Iron Age Finds Made in Central Iran
The first season of archeological explorations in
the historical Qoli Darvish Jamakaran area near Qom in central
Iran came to a close with significant finds regarding the Iron
Head of the Qom cultural heritage department said in this
season, the perimeters of the area was set and set up four
explorations workshops in the various spots on the hill. Kazem
Arab noted stratigraphical analysis along with preliminary
studies on the available data have rendered major results.
“These findings indicate the Qoli Darvish Jamakaran site was a
center of civilization settlement in the second period of
protoliterate era (the first half of the third millennium B.C.)
in the Iron Age and a nexus of trade and communication in the
urbanization period on the western margins of the central
plateau,” he noted.
To this head of the explorations team Siamak Sarlak added
stratigraphical analysis revealed 14 phases of the cultural Iron
Age spanning 1200 to 700 years B.C.
“Some relics from the historic and Islamic period have been
found in the site. However, it is impossible to pinpoint their
date due to severe destruction of archeological layers,”
The findings suggest the people of the time had scored
considerable advances in fields of architecture, metal melting
and bronze alloys as well as arts and crafts like pottery and
agriculture and husbandry.
Remains of Several metal foundries have been found in the area,
Sarlak pointed out. The major construction material used in
buildings as suggested by their remains is adobe, while lime
mortar had been used for isolation of walls, floors and some
The discovery of a number of metal ware lends support to the
theory about the prevalence of the metal works in the area.
In addition, the diverse construction materials and techniques
suggests there had been a sophisticated urban community with
professional jobs and a social hierarchy.
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