Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
& CULTURAL NEWS OF IRANIAN WORLD©
Caves Among Earliest Human Dwellings
23 April 2006
(CAIS) -- Latest studies on the pre-historic caves in
Kermanshah province have revealed that the caves were once the dwellings of the
Neanderthals some 40-85 thousand years ago.
Announcing this, head of the provincial Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department
Asadollah Beyranvand told ISNA that research works conducted by joint teams from
Iran and-France confirmed the same.
The team has also undertaken studies at Mahabad caves in West Azarbaijan
province and Niasar and Gharyafteh caves in Lorestan province, but the caves in
Kermanshah province including Mertarik and Merdoder caves have been subject to
more intense studies, said Beyranvand.
Mertarik Cave, which has an area of 80 square meters, is situated on the foot of
Bisotoon Mountain, some 30 kilometers from Kermanshah city.
Evidence found in caves such a Merkhrel, Mertarik and Shekarchian reveal that
the area was one of the earliest human settlements.
is the Light on the Path to Future"
British Institute of Persian Studies