A group of experts in the national Iranian museum
has been doing research on the reliefs east of the western
province of Kermanshah. They suggest the reliefs have abstract
form. Still due to lack of precise ancient typology, it is all
but impossible to date them.
The studies on the rock reliefs of the Sorkheh lijeh, the second
of its kind in the province, started two months ago in the
Paleolithic research center affiliated to the museum.
Sonia Shidrang, an expert with the center, classified the
reliefs as nature inspired and non nature inspired, adding the
former was featured by designs drawn with a special material on
the rock, while the latter were simple, abstract drawings
unaffected by nature themes.
"It is not easy to make speculations as regards their age
because of the lack of expertise about dating based on typology
of ancient drawings in Iran, specially with regard to the
Paleolithic age," Shidrang said.
There are drawings some 200-300 years old believed to be made by
nomads as they made their seasonal journey.
The Sorkhe Lijeh reliefs are nestled on the rocky foothills of
the miuleh in eastern Kermanshah. Replicas of the drawings made
on the spot were transferred to the national Iranian museum for
further research recently. The drawings are the second of the
kind after the Cheshmeh Sohrab cave.
Shidrang noted the Sorkhe Lijeh drawings were different from
those found in the cave in that they were petroglyphs.
"The petroglyphs feature human, animal and geometrical
shapes in different scenes. The human designs, mostly showing
fighting scenes, outnumber others," she remarked.