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Studies in Esfahan Palaeolithic Cave
15 June 2006
(CAIS) -- Geological studies on a 15,000-year-old
cave in Esfahan will begin soon, head of the archaeology team for the study of
the cave said.
Mohsen Javari told ISNA Persian Service that a group of geologists from Geology
Faculty of Esfahan University would jointly work with experts from provincial
Cultural Heritage and Tourism Department on the project.
According to the official, preliminary stratigraphic studies had so far been
conducted on the Palaeolithic cave found in Esfahan last year.
The Palaeolithic Period begins about 750,000 years ago and lasts until the
beginning of the Mesolithic Age, about 15,000 years ago.
group would study issues pertaining to geological environment during this
year’s operations which is to start in late summer, he expanded.
Javari, who is also head of the department’s Archaeology Office, explained
that historic objects discovered in the cave date back to the Palaeolithic era.
The tools include axes and stone blades in different sizes used by early
He said the world’s oldest discovered caves go back to the Middle Palaeolithic
age--the time period of Neanderthal men which ended about 35,000 years BCE.
The official stated that most studies carried out on the cave were to compare it
with caves located elsewhere in the world.
Terming Esfahan’s two discovered caves as ’unique,’ Javari pointed out
that experts are scouring other parts of Esfahan for human remains dating back
to the age.
The Palaeolithic cave is located 30 km southwest of the capital city of Esfahan