The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
LONDON, (CAIS) -- A team of Iranian archaeologists plans to search for signs of writing at the 6000-year-old Qoli Darvish Tepe site near the city of Qom during their next phase of excavations, which is scheduled to begin in early September.
am sure I will find an inscription at the site. Thus, it will be the first time
such an event has occurred in the center of the Iranian Plateau,” team
director Siamak Sarlak told the Persian service of CHN on Monday.
the third phase of excavations carried out at the site last year, the team had
found evidence in the lower strata indicating its urbanization process began in
the third millennium BC.
findings, including remains of architectural structures, pot burials, and a
great number of special pots for measuring foodstuffs, which had never been seen
before in the center of the Iranian Plateau, inspired us to center on writing in
our upcoming excavations,” Sarlak said.
pots provide evidence for the urbanization of an archaeological site and were
used by people to share foodstuffs in ancient times. We have unearthed over 1000
of such pots, which indicate the people’s transition to the urban era,” he
Darvish Tepe has been seriously damaged by construction of the Qom-Jamkaran
Highway over the past decade, such that only ten percent of the ancient site
tepe once covered 50 hectares and was 30 meters in height, but now it is 6
meters in height and only 10 hectares of the site remain untouched.
is evidence that Qoli Darvish was inhabited from the fourth millennium BCE to
the ninth century CE.
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