(Persia Digest) – Mount Ernan in Yazd has a host of 4000-year old petroglyphs at its heart in central Iran.

Situated at 100 kilometers southeast of Yazd city, Yazd Province, in the vast plains of Bahadoran, Mount Ernan is composed of limestone sedimentary rocks of the Neogene period from the third geological period. Polygraphs on its foothills date back to the second millennium BCE.

On some of the rocks, there are drawings of men and animals such as the antelope, horse riders, man riding on other animals holding a bow and arrow, naked man holding a spear in hunting scenes, naked man holding  a mace, hunting dogs, deer, small goats, and symbolic birds.

Some the petroglyphs have fallen victim to erosion by wind, rain, and snow, or damage caused by visitors. They have faded now and only superficial lines are visible. Iran’s Heritage Organization has made plans to transfer these to protected surroundings. But no set dates have been announced yet.

Yazd is one of Iran’s most important provinces which has always played an important role in its culture and civilization. It is an attractive destination for nature tourism, holding Iran’s central Kavir salt desert in its bosom.

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