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Excavations at 4000-Tear-Old Qoli Darvish Tappeh Suspended


29 January 2007




LONDON, (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 Darvish Tappeh.


According 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. 


“Conducting 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.


Qoli 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.


Qoli 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.       


Although 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.




Extracted From/Source: Cultural Heritage News Agency (CHN)

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