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,
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.