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Bronze Age Pot Burial Discovered in Central Iran


09  January 2006



LONDON, (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 on Sunday.


“The 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 said.


Qoli 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 untouched.


The Median, Achaemenid, Parthian, Sasanid, and post-Sasanid era strata have been completely destroyed by the road construction project.


“The 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.


“Children 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.


The pot and its contents were unearthed in a trench measuring 3x3 meters. The archaeologists hope to make more discoveries by expanding their excavation area.


Qoli 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.





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