Visiting a place where pre-historic man used to live, eat,
hunt and sleep more than 12,000 years ago can be an
exciting experience for both ordinary people and
The Quchali passageway in the western province of Ilam
will soon become a place for visitors to see first hand a
lifestyle practiced thousands of years ago.
A new project aims to turn chambers in the passageway
where pre-historic man used to roam into places for
displaying simulations of their way of life. The project
is undertaken by the Paleolithic research center of the
National Museum and the local cultural heritage
Fereydun Biglari, head of the Quchali exploration team,
said in France, there are a number of archeological parks
in a region dotted by the Paleolithic caves.
"This region in the ilam province will soon be turned
into an amusement-educational facility," he noted.He
pointed out studies carried out on tools found in these
chambers suggested they dated back to between 12,000 to
15,000 years ago.
"Another aspect of the studies seeks to find out
about animal remains in the chambers. Food remains could
guide us about the then environmental and climatic
conditions," Biglari remarked.
Meanwhile, Saman Heydari, a geologist with the team,
described sediments in the historical caves as clues
regarding the climatic conditions in various periods.
"Physical and chemical tests are carried out on
samples of residual layers in the laboratory," he
Given its unique climatic variation, slopes and plains,
Ilam is among the few provinces standing out as a
historical human habitat.