The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- After two weeks of delay, archaeologists
will finally begin their 4th season of excavations at the historic
site of Qoli Darvish Tappeh today. Based on the current plan, the team of
archaeologists will study the remains of a 3000-year-old temple and residential
houses that are dated to the 3rd millennium BCE.
at this historic site will begin after a 13-day delay caused by lack of funding
and coordination. This season of excavation will particularly focus on a temple
found on this hill that is believed to have remained from the Iron Age,” said
Siamak Sarlak, head of the excavation team at Qoli Darvish Tappeh. He further
said that the temple has almost entirely been unearthed during previous seasons
of archaeological excavations at the hill.
of a highway connecting Qom to the nearby religious centre of Jamkarān has
devastated the historic Qoli Darvish Tappeh such that roughly 90 percent of the
hill and its historic evidence were destroyed. “Qoli Darvish Tappeh has been
extensively damaged by bulldozers. We have been lucky that the bulldozers had
just missed the temple or we would have lost this 3000-year-old structure by
now,” added Sarlak.
Archaeologists will also resume their excavations in 5000-year-old dwellings found at the historic site of Qoli Darvish Tappeh, looking for more evidence of earliest settlements in Qom. Previous excavations in the region had led into numerous findings, most strikingly the jar-burial of a child unearthed in the hill’s settlement area.
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