ID : N-210 Date : 2017/08/28 - 20:37
(Persia digest)- AS you set foot in this ancient cave, the skeletons of its first inhabitants still lying there and ancient pieces of their pottery draw the visitors’ attention. The first hundred meters of this wondrous cave, now a permanent resting place for more than 80 skeletons, was a shelter for its primitive inhabitants. A reminder of mankind’s struggle for survival. However, it is far older than its primitive occupants. The cave formation dates back to the Mesozoic Era around 120 million years ago. The discovery date of the cave by humans is unknown.
The natural wet-dry cave of Katale Khor is located in Zanjan Province, Iran, near Garmaab city. Analysis of evidence confirms the possibility that the cave is connected to Ali Sadr cave in Hamadan Province, Iran. Nevertheless, the connection between the two caves has not been discovered yet.
An enchanting wonder of the cave is the number of its levels. The cave is thought to consist of seven levels, three of which have already been discovered. It contains numerous subsidiary tunnels, stalactites, stalagmites, and pillars. The hanging cave formations display various colors because of mineral contaminations. The formations that are pure or least contaminated appear in glass or crystalized shapes.
The first 100 meters of the cave was home to primitive man. This has been confirmed by finding 80 human skeletons on the site. It is noteworthy that these skeletons are still kept in this place. Old pottery pieces have also been found dating back to the late 2nd millennium BCE.
The cave is said to be the world's second-largest in terms of size and the world's first cave in terms of beauty.