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Puzzles From the Past

By: Babak A. Tafreshi

 

Region: Middle East

Site: Teimareh - Iran

Date: December 2011

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A winter night above the prehistoric site of Teimareh in central Iran. There are over 20,000 engraved images in the valley which put the region among the world's most populated petroglyph sites, still largely undiscovered. In this view a unique panel of over 150 pictures is remotely located in the Zagros mountains. There are signs of the first era of horse riding in the Middle East (~ 6000 years ago) and some other pictures are from late Paleolithic (12000 years ago). But few of them might be even surprisingly older. They show animals which became extinct in this region by the ice age, including Smilodon (saber-toothed tiger) and a kind of large armadillos known as Glyptodon. Can you find them? Click on the constellation icon above the image to see the labels in the sky from Sirius, the brightest star in our entire night sky, to the prominent figure of Orion, and to Pleiades star cluster, known as the Seven Sisters. Babak Tafreshi/Dreamview.net

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