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Biggest ancient Iranian Lithoglyphs Discovered



Saturday, 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.





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