(CAIS) -- Discovery of a fire temple and prayer house
with an urban architectural plan belonging to the Iron Age
for the first time, unearthed in this historical site,
which had remained almost intact and is considered one of
the most important discoveries in this historical site.
Qoli Darvish historical Tepe (hill), located near
Qom-Jamkaran highway, is one of the most important
historical sites in the Central Plateau belonging to the
Iron Age. Archeological excavations in Qoli Darvish
historical site indicate that residency in Qom dates back
to forth millennium BC.
“This prayer house with the fire temple at its center
was deliberately sealed with adobe during the first
millennium BC, and then the raised platform of Qoli
Darvish was built on it. The excavation team in Qoli
Darvish succeeded in unearthing this prayer house, which
is almost intact after 3,000 years,” added Sarlak.
“During the archeological excavations in the
5,000-year-old layers of Qoli Darvish, we could trace the
developed culture of inhabitants of this region which was
quite unique in Central Plateau of Iran,” said Siyamak
Sarlak, head of excavation team in Qoli-Darvish historical