The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
LONDON, (CAIS) -- According to cultural heritage enthusiasts association in the religious city of Qom, the skeleton of a giant trading centre has been erected on a 6000-year-old archaeological site in Qom.
construction of this
trading centre has not only have destroyed the historical evidence in this part of
city of Qom but has also has intruded the vicinity of two historic houses in ancient
context of the city.
Following demolishing a
major part of the ancient texture of Qom, the municipality of Qom issued the
license for construction of a trading centre in this area due to which, a trading
complex will be constructed on 6000-year-old Shad-Qoli archaeological site.
Located in old texture of
Qom, Shad Qoli historic site was already damaged severely due to developing
civil projects of city of Qom and widening the streets. Archaeological
excavations began two years ago, which resulted in discovery of a 6000-year-old
settlement in this area.
However, despite the
warnings of the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization about existing of
this historic site, the project of Amar Yaser demolished Shad Qoli during the
project for widening the streets.
Prior to construction of
this trading centre, after discovery of some historical and cultural remains
during the fourth phase of construction of Amar Boulvard, the Cultural Heritage
and Tourism Department of Qom province (QCHTD) asked Qom’s governor office to
stop the project and requested for an opportunity to continue their research in
the area. However, the application was denied, the excavation was
stopped totally, and the constructors continued their work withy the destruction
of Shad Qoli site.
In response to the
question that why archaeologists have not attended in the region to save Shad
Qoli historic site, Hassan Fazeli Nashli, head of Archaeology Research Centre
told Persian service of CHN: “the ground considered to be more valuable as a
trading centre than a costly archaeological site in need of preservation.”
Destruction of this
ancient site has put an end to the archaeologists’ hope for obtaining further
information about the ancient settlers.
The province of Qom is 11,237 km2 (4,339 sq mi) in the north of the Iranian Central Plateau. This province was formed from part of Tehran province in 1995 and its provincial capital is the city of Qom.
The pre-Islamic remaining relics and historical texts confirm that the city in pre-Islamic times was known as Kum, a short name for Kumandan, and it was an ancient rampart destroyed by the Arab invaders in 7th century CE.
ancient city probably faced the same fate as the other Iranian cities during
the Arab invasion of Iran, i.e. looting, massacre, and ultimate destruction of
the city, to the point that many believed the city was constructed during the
9th century CE.
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