3500-Year old petroglyphs in Iran

3500-Year old petroglyphs in Iran
ID : N-4856 Date : 2019/03/25 - 08:58

(Persia Digest) – “Kamar-Maghbula” or “Shotor-Sang” is a historic region of northeastern Iran, near “Torghebeh”. The area dates back to over 3000 years ago and is home to ancient priceless petroglyphs.
Kamar-Maghbula is a natural, untouched historic area with more than 15 thousand petroglyphs, some of which date back to 3500 years ago.
Volcanic rocks, ancient stone artefacts, and petroglyphs in Kamar-Maghbula are spread over an area measuring five km2. These display a variety of figures ranging from pre-historic humans and animals in various sizes. Such drawings are seen less in other regions of Iran.
Rock art represents the historical identity of every land and region and is considered the oldest art form left behind by our ancestors.
Figures of lions, antelopes, buffalos, and hunting men on the petroglyphs are said to be from the Neolithic Age by experts.


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Most of these carvings are of animal such as antelopes, Bactrian camels, zebus, and what seem to be cheetahs. The gaps in-between are filled with carvings of trees and plants in a special layout. The most important element here is the zebu and Bactrian camel designs which remain as unsolved mysteries according to archaeologists.
This legacy is so large that it has the potential to be registered as Iran’s largest collection of petroglyphs at Unesco. But this has been delayed due to construction work and gold mines in the area.

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