Prehistoric inscriptions discovered in Masuleh

March 14, 2011 - 0:0

TEHRAN -- Two rock inscriptions, which are believed to date back to prehistoric periods, have recently been discovered at the city of Masuleh in northern Iran.

The inscriptions were found during exploratory research conducted by the Masuleh Conservation and Sustainable Development Institute (MCSDI) to determine an accurate date for habitation at the region, the Persian service of CHN reported on Saturday.
These inscriptions are in hieroglyphic script, said MCSDI former secretary Sadeq Zadsalehi.
Experts have confirmed the prehistoric dating of the inscriptions, he added.
The discovery of the inscriptions is a new beginning for archaeological studies in the region, Zadsalehi said.
In August 2010, four man-made caves, which date back to the Stone Age, were discovered near Masuleh.
Members of the MCSDI stumbled upon the caves during a mountain climbing program.
The large caves had been dug in pairs and signs of excavation are clearly observable in the walls.
The openings of the caves are about 10 meters in height and width. Neolithic tools including stone hammers and cutters and piles of stone chippings have been found at the caves, which all are about 10 meters in depth.
A number of hammer-like stone tools, stones knives and hand axes have also been discovered in the caves.
These discoveries are believed to modify the history of habitation in the city, which is believed to date back to the seventh century.
No official or expert from the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts has come to Masuleh so far to examine the discoveries.
Located 36 kilometers southwest of Fuman in Gilan Province, Masuleh is a living museum of architecture and cultural anthropology, with its beautiful houses hugging the cliffs, rising vertically upward, with rooftops and village streets virtually indistinguishable.
Heavy rainfall has caused damage to Masuleh over the past few years, and new construction projects are threatening the historical authenticity of the city.