Forgotten for millennia, petroglyphs spotted in the Iranian Plateau

(ORDO NEWS) — In Iran, archaeologists, while conducting field work in the north-east of the country, discovered a whole collection of previously unknown ancient rock paintings, whose age is calculated for thousands of years.

The opening is reported by Tehran Times. A whole collection of ancient rock art has been discovered in a mountainous area south of the city of Mashhad in northeastern Iran.

It is here that the Zagros mountain range is located, stretching from the northwest to the southeast from the border regions of eastern Turkey and northern Iraq to the Strait of Hormuz. It forms the extreme western border of the Iranian Plateau.

In these hard-to-reach places, the archaeological mission for the first time documented four clusters of rock paintings.

According to Mahmud Tograi, one of the leaders of the scientific mission, the discovered petroglyphs are distinguished by various motifs.

Scientists have already identified images of a number of animals typical of the area, including sheep and mountain goats.

Other petroglyphs depict scenes with human participation. For example, an ancient painting depicting a man hunting with a bow in his hands is documented.

Archaeologists have not yet revealed the exact location of the finds, but they say that the drawings are located in the southern part of the highlands of Mashhad.

The age of the rock paintings, based on preliminary research, is estimated to be between 1,000 and 6,000 years old. A more precise date will be given later.

Scientists do not rule out that the found petroglyphs may become a tourist attraction. But this will not happen until the finds are documented in detail and reliably conserved and protected for future generations.

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