Nov 09, 2019 09:05 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Dec 01, 2019 01:00 Asia/Tehran]
  • Photo by Hadiseh Mohamadi
    Photo by Hadiseh Mohamadi

Karaj (IP) - The First batch of remains of the Middle Paleolithic period in Iran's Central Alborz Mountains have been discovered in Sor’he rock shelters in northwestern Karaj, Alborz Province.

Iran Press/Iran News: The triple rock shelters, explored in 2017 by a team of Iranian archaeologists, contain very rich data from the Middle Paleolithic period. 

The data collected in these three rocky shelters, which are mostly lithographs, indicate the earliest settlers in the area dating back to the Middle Paleolithic period, dating back to about 70,000 years ago. But the exact date of these stone tools has yet to be determined.

The height of these three rocky shelters is about 2,000 meters above sea level, most likely related to Interglacial Periods.

The Paleolithic period was the earliest stage of human life and the earliest period in which man first made use of handmade stone tools.

So far about two meters of excavations have been carried out in this area. Tools found in triple shelters include stone artifacts, bones, and charcoal.

The rock shelters are located nineteen kilometers northwest of Karaj, the capital of Alborz province near the village of Sor’he.

Rock shelters are important archaeological excavation sites and are formed by erosion.

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