(CAIS) -- A team of archaeologists recently unearthed
a pot containing the skeleton of a baby which had been
buried on the floor of a room at the Bronze Age stratum of
the Qoli Darvish Tepe, the Persian service of CHN reported
11-month-old baby was smeared with ochre after death. Then
it was placed into the pot which was plumbed with a plug.
Now the skeleton is intact,” team director Siamak Sarlak
Darvish Tepe, which is located near Qom, has been
seriously damaged by construction of the Qom-Jamkaran
highway over the past decade so that only ten percent of
the ancient site remains intact. The tepe 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
Median, Achaemenid, Parthian, Sasanid, and post-Sasanid
era strata have been completely destroyed by the road
pot was discovered in the strata dating back to the third
millennium BC, however, most parts of the strata have been
destroyed by loaders (of the road construction
project),” Sarlak explained.
were placed in pots and buried at home during that era
(the Bronze Age). This type of burial was common in the
central plateau between the sixth and the third millennia
BC,” he added.
pot and its contents were unearthed in a trench measuring
3x3 meters. The archaeologists hope to make more
discoveries by expanding their excavation area.
Darvish, which also includes a number of Iron Age sites,
is one of the most important ancient sites of the central
plateau. There is evidence that Qoli Darvish was inhabited
from the fourth millennium BC to the ninth century CE.