Caveman View

By: Babak A. Tafreshi


Region: Middle East

Site: Alborz Mountains - Iran

Spot: Roodafshan Cave

Date: April 2009

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The night sky has amazed human through the history. Even our early ancestors, the prehistoric cavemen, have been touched by the stars and some of the very first mythical imagination and legends might be created based on the unreachable starry sky. There are signs that the constellation Ursa Major (the Big Bear), notable in this view with the bright seven stars, was among the first created star figures in the mankind imagination. Click on the black star pattern icon above the image to locate the area of Ursa Major and Ursa Minor and to view the illustration figures of two celestial bears. This photograph is made in a moonlit night from inside the Roodafshan cave in Alborz Mountains of Iran. With a magnificent entrance hall of 168 m length, 94 m width and 40 m high it is the biggest known cave chamber in Iran. Babak Tafreshi/

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