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Discovery of 3,000-Year-Old Fire Temple in Qoli Darvish


07 February 2006



LONDON, (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 site.


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