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Another 3000-Year-Old Brazier Discovered in Qom

By Soudabeh Sadigh

The fourth brazier dating back to the Iron Age has been discovered in a temple in Qoli Darvish historic site in Qom province.

Tehran, 14 March 2007 (CHN) -- Continuation of archeological excavations in the 3000-year-old temple discovered during previous excavations in the historic site of Qoli Darvish hill in Qom led into discovery of the fourth brazier with a hole inside it in which remains of ashes can still be seen.

Announcing this news, Siamak Sarlak, head of excavation team in Qoli Darvish Tepe told CHN: "This newly discovered brazier is smaller that the one found earlier at the center of the temple. However, like the other braziers discovered in Qoli Darvish temple so far, this brazier is located in a chamber with a raised platform where offerings to the God were made. It seems that these small braziers were used for keeping the fire of the larger one lit."

According to Sarlak, the discovered temple in Qoli Darvish hill is the most ancient one which has ever been discovered in Iran's Central Plateau and dates back to 3300 years ago.

The temple is made of adobe mortar and the wall of the discovered chamber is covered by stucco mason. Another room has also been discovered on the northeastern side of the temple, two stairs of which have remained intact. However, most probably its brazier is destroyed due to activities of bulldozers in the area.

Located on the way of Qom-Jamkaran highway, Qoli Darvish historical hill is one of the most important historical sites of Iran's Central Plateau belonging to the Iron Age. Archeological evidence and structures such as the temple indicate that Qoli Darvish was a big city in the Central Plateau during the Iron Age. Evidence also shows that residency in Qom dates back to the fourth millennium BC.

Unfortunately, more than 90 percent of this historical site has been devastated due to construction of Qom-Jamkaran highway, which has resulted in destruction of more than 40 hectare of the 50 hectare area of Qoli Daravish Tepe.

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