Archeology

Deciphering Iran’s Ancient Rock Art

Deciphering Iran’s Ancient Rock Art

Archaeologist and researchers are allured by novel excavation, findings and analysis. However, in their route to find the apt and the accurate, it is the technology which pursues the needful. Without them, being the aid, the road is nothing but tedious. This is verbatim accurate for the Iranian archeologist who is awaiting sanction to unfurl more secrets associated with probably the world’s oldest rock etchings.

The location being mentioned in this context is Khomein in Iran, and the archeologist is Dr. Mohammed Naserifard.

He is pursuing this quest single-handedly without any aid in the hills and desert plains of the place. Indeed, when you are to witness the picture, it will be really hard to even think that these rocks like structure have a treasure trove of reminiscent being portrayed.

How did he reach the place?

Well, every aspect of this site of archeological significance allures importance. So, Naserifard had read about the same in a German magazine and had searched for it almost everywhere. Then, in the year 2002, he went for a picnic with his friends in the hills in the outskirts of Khomein. While his friends were taking their afternoon nap, he went wandering. This is when he observed the rocks in the valley ornate with shapes.

The images inculcated a plethora of etchings. There are the long curled horns of a 4000 year old ibex deer. There are ancient hunters, deities, beasts and tribal dances. There is the amazing line of cup mark which was probably used for religious ceremonies. These dated to almost 40,000 years ago in accord with the Dutch enthusiast.

naserifard-etchings

Deciphering Iran’s Ancient Rock Art

Why has till date, no definitive data been availed?

  • In accordance with Naserifard, “Sanctions have deprived us of the technology,”.He further ads- “We hope with the situation improving now, we can soon bring this technology to Iran and gain more accurate and scientific information on these engravings.”
  • Prior to the nuclear deal, which was signed last year, sanctions have been imposed by the world powers. This implies that the Iranian scientists are not allowed modern lab equipment or the latest research which is possible with the aid of their global colleagues.
  • There is a lot with respect to the pre-Islamic history of Iran and exploring the rock art can lead to controversies.

Deciphering Iran’s Ancient Rock Art

Deciphering Iran’s Ancient Rock Art

As of present, Naserifard teaches at a university. The Bradshaw Foundation, which is a Swiss NGO specializing in rock art, has listed his discoveries!

In consonance with Genevieve von Petzinger the author of ‘The First Signs: Unlocking the Mysteries of the World’s Oldest Symbols’- “His work is really important — there have been these blank spots on the map that we are finally starting to fill in,” .

There is the immense probability that the engravings depict the time, when the humans made their first attempt to step out of Africa. His discovery could have a strong indication that the humans developed a common art tradition before they left Africa. There is similarity in themes and shape in sites of California, Spain and South Africa.

Novel methodologies and technique are the need to solve the puzzle completely!

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