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7000 Years-Old Relics Buried Under New Qom-Kashan Motorway


News Category: Cultural Disaster

 24 December 2005



LONDON, (CAIS) - Recent archaeological studies at the 7,000-year-old historical site of Qoli Darvish in Qom indicate that soil from the region was used in constructing new Qom-Kashan Motorway and remnants from the ancient city of Qoli Darvish are reportedly buried under the asphalts.

Qoli Darvish is the biggest historical site located in Iran’s central plateau to contain relics from the Iron Age (1350-550 BC), reported CHN.

Archaeological findings prove that the site was once a thriving urbanized area but a large section of it was destroyed while constructing the Qom-Jamkaran road.

Director of the team in charge of archaeological excavations in Qoli Darvish, Siamak Sarlak said that the site extends over an area of 50 hectares but the potteries have been scattered over a large area thus increasing the size of the site to 100 hectares.

This is while only 10 hectares of the site has remained, he noted.

However, more important than its area is its altitude which is 20 meters, according to remaining pictures and local reports, Sarlak said, adding such a height is unprecedented for any historical area.

Out of 20-meter height, which was surely rich in archaeological data, only six meter has remained, he said.

Destruction of Qoli Darvish site was so extensive that last year Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization described it as one of the cultural sites which suffered the most extensive damages.



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