Prehistoric petroglyphs found near the capital of Tamerlane

(ORDO NEWS) — In Iran, a specialized group of archaeologists, while examining rocks in the north-west of the country, discovered dozens of petroglyphs previously unknown to science.

According to Tehran Times, the discovery was made in the province of Varzegan, not far from the city of Tabriz, which is the capital of the so-called East Azerbaijan.

Previously, ancient rock paintings were discovered in these places. To study them, a specialized group was created, which included not only archaeologists, but also experts from the provincial department of cultural heritage, tourism and crafts. This team discovered dozens of petroglyphs.

The exact chronology of the creation of ancient works of art has not yet been established. However, researchers confidently say that the petroglyphs date back to prehistoric times, that is, the period when writing was not yet known. The mystery remains so far and who exactly created these masterpieces of ancient times.

Experts note that the city of Tabriz itself has existed for several millennia. Its historical bazaar is included in the UNESCO lists.

Tabriz became the capital of the Mongol Il-Khan Mahmud Ghazan (1295-1304 AD) and his successor. The Turkic conqueror Timur, also known as Tamerlane, captured this city in 1392.

And a few decades later, the Turks, led by the Kara Koyunlu, made it their capital. At the same time, the famous Blue Mosque was built in Tabriz. The city retained its capital under the Safavid dynasty until 1548.


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