The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- Despite obtaining permission from Iran’s
Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO), due to lack of coordination
between ICHTO and its provincial branch in Qom, archaeologists are still not
able to resume their excavations in the 4000-year-old historic site of Qoli
to Siamak Sarlak, head of the archaeology team in Qoli Darvish Tappeh, after
months of efforts and continuous correspondence with ICHTO’s central office in
Tehran, archaeologists could finally get permission to resume their excavations
in this historic site. However, archaeologists still have to go through more
obstacles as the provincial ICHTO department in Qom has not been informed
through the main office of the new season of excavations in Qoli Darvish Tappeh
and thus prevents excavations to begin at the site.
excavations in Qoli Darvish historic site has been approved by the Archaeology
Research Centre of ICHTO. Yet the Qom’s CHTO has not been informed of the case
and therefore has not provided coordination between archaeologists and other
local institutes for the project to start,” said Sarlak to CHN.
Darvish historical Tappeh (hill) is located on the way of Qom-Jamkarān highway.
Construction of this highway resulted in the destruction of more than 40-hectare
of the 50-hectare area of Qoli Darvish Tappeh and the height of the hill was
reduced to 6 meters while once it was more than 30 meters high.
Darvish historic site dates back to the Iron Age. For the first time,
excavations at the site brought the mysteries of Iron Age architecture in this
historic site into light. It also resulted in unearthing the first chimney of
iron melting workshop indicating the existence of an ancient civilization in the
area, which can be traced back to the Iron Age.
the cold weather of the area at this time of the year would trouble
archaeologists for their excavations, considering the historic importance of the
area they insist to resume their excavations at this historic site once they
could get through the existing problems.
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