7,000-year-old hill represents civilization and culture of Qom, official says

TEHRAN – The 7,000-year-old Qoli Darvish hill in Qom province shows the age and originality of the province’s civilization and culture, the provincial deputy head of tourism said.

Several ancient artefacts such as a temple, pottery tools and a water supply system have been unearthed in this area, proving that Qom once housed an ancient civilization, Ammar Kavusi said on Sunday.

The Iron Age Hill, which is located not far from the Jamkaran Mosque, a major tourist destination for religious tourism, could become a top attraction for tourists, the official added.

Visitors to Qom are often cultural tourists seeking to experience ancient and Islamic culture, so their needs should be considered, he noted.

Earlier in August, the official announced that an open-air museum would be established on the premises of Qoli Darvish Hill.

“The first phase of the project is to build an access road and install wire mesh fences along the visitors’ route to the Iron Age site,” he explained.

A budget of 2.7 billion rials ($ 64,000 at the official exchange rate of 42,000 rials to the dollar) has been allocated for the project, the official added.

The museum site will be designed and built to attract tourists and showcase ancient and unearthed artefacts from the region, while creating a pleasant atmosphere for those interested in ancient and historical monuments, he said.

Provincial tourism chief Hamid Yazdani announced in January that an archaeological project was to be launched on the ancient hill with a budget of one billion rials (around $ 24,000).

Dating back to the Iron Age, the hill is located southwest of the city of Qom. Archaeological excavations, which began in 2002, have shown that Qoli Darvish dates back to six to seven thousand years ago.

The hill covers land as large as 50 hectares. The discovery of historical elements of an ancient temple from the Bronze Age to the end of the Iron Age has led to conclusions about social class and other anthropological research on these periods of history.

In recent years, domestic and foreign tourists can visit the ancient hill, which was inscribed on the National Heritage List in 2003.

The Iron Age is the last technological and cultural step in the Stone-Bronze-Iron Age sequence. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica.

Although in West Asia iron had limited use as a rare and precious metal as early as 3000 BC, there is no indication that people at that time recognized its qualities superior to bronze.

Second holy city of the country after Mashhad, Qom is home to both the magnificent sanctuary of Hazrat-e Masumeh (SA) and the main religious madrasas (schools).

Besides tourists and pilgrims who visit Qom to pay homage to the holy shrine, the city is also a prime destination for Shia scholars and students who come from all over the world to learn Islamic studies in its madrasas and browse eminent bookstores. religious.

The antiquity of the city dates back to the Sassanid era (224 EC-651) and several historic mosques, mansions and natural landscapes have been scattered throughout the city as well as nearby towns and villages.

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