News ID: 133961
Published: 0303 GMT December 30, 2015

Ancient relics found in Kurdestan caves

Ancient relics found in Kurdestan caves

Archeologists found ancient items pertaining to Stone Age hunters and cave dwellers during excavations in caves and stone shelters of the valley of Sirvan River in Kurdestan Province, said the head of the archeology team.

Fereydoun Biglari added that such items indicate that early hunters inhabited the valley between 40,000 and 12,000 years ago.

The items include stone tools, the bones of hunted animals and the remnants of a furnace dating back to Middle Paleolithic age, Upper Paleolithic and Epipaleolithic eras, he said.

The cave and stone shelter are located on the bank of Sirvan River near Nav Village in Sarvabad, he added.

The findings provide researchers with valuable information about the lifestyle, hunting, and culture of making tools in early hunting communities, he pointed out.

Biglari continued that the archeologists conducted excavations on a rock shelter which has items from the Middle Paleolithic Era. It has a history of between 40,000 and 70,000 years, he added.

Preliminary studies on the animal remains show that the residents of this shelter used to hunt male goats and rams in Shahoo Mountain which overlooks Sirvan Valley, he said.

Since the fossils from this era have been found in Bistoun and Shanidar caves, it is assumed that the inhabitants were Neanderthals who perished 40,000 years ago, he concluded.

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