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Seeking Remnants of Iron Age Temple
17 February 2007
(CAIS) -- A new season of archaeological excavations got underway in the
historic Qoli-Darvish hill near the city of Qom after a 15-day delay, Persian
service of ISNA reported.
Head of the archaeology team, Siamak Sarlak, explained that the new studies are
aimed at discovering other architectural remains pertaining to an ancient prayer
house as well as completing stratigraphic studies.
“Last year, about one third of a prayer house stretching back to the Iron Age
was unveiled in the region. Part of the monument had been ruined during the
post-revolution years. We speculate that the remains of the structure should
still be there and are therefore rummaging around the place for its traces.“
Excavations at Qoli-Darvish site, for the first time, unfolded the mysteries of
Iron Age architecture. It also led to the unearthing of the first chimney of
iron melting workshop indicating an age-old civilization which can be traced
back to the Iron Age
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