11 September 1999
TEHRAN -- In excavations by an archaeological team in Saravan, the biggest and
most important collection of lithoglyphs dating back to 4,000-10,000 years ago
were discovered, reported the Central News Bureau (CNB). According to the
report, during the excavations, tens of other historical sites and relics were
also discovered, the most important of them being the engraved paintings of
Negaran Valley in Sardast region, 37 kilometers from Nahok village near Saravan.
An exhibition has been set up at the site displaying engraved paintings of the
hunting age with a 10,000-year-old record.
The engraved stones have been eroded by natural factors, the CNB said, adding
some of the engraved paintings show different animals such as horses, the
Iranian wild asses, hawks, goats, snakes, buffalos, wolves, panthers, etc.
Negaran Valley is one of the northern valleys of the Siahan Mountain Range and
has always been a haven for wild animals due to its abundant water coming out of
the springs since the remote past.
It has also been a good hunting place for the hunters since prehistory.