Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO)
has lodged a protest with the Awqaf (Endowments)
Department in the city of Qom against construction
works at the ancient mound of Qoli Darvish.
The organization said in a statement that the
mound is a cultural heritage site and the Awqaf
Department has no right to construct an office
building at Qoli Darvish mound, reported CHN.
An official in charge of archeological excavations
at Qoli Darvish mound, Siamak Sarlak criticized
Awqaf Department for destroying the cultural
heritage site for the sake of building an office.
“Qoli Darvish has a history which dates back to
the Iron Age. Excavations at the site have, for
the first time, unfolded the mysteries of Iron Age
architecture. It also led to the unearthing of the
first chimney of iron melting workshop indicating
an age-old civilization which can be traced back
to the Iron Age,“ Sarlak said.
He deplored that a major section of the unique
mound was leveled while building the Qom-Jamkaran
“More than 90 percent of the hill was leveled
while building the highway and unfortunately,
Awqaf Department is destroying the ancient hill by
engaging in construction works in the area,“ he
“In the course of excavations at the mound last
year, we unearthed structures representing Iron
Age architecture and the site is of high
significance in terms of archeological studies,“
the official said.
Qoli Darvish ancient hill has been registered with
ICHTO as a cultural heritage site and the body is
entitled to take action to preserve it, Sarlak