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The Newly Found Petroglyphs in the Western Kermanshah

Independent Scholar, 4-13, Bessat Town, Sanandaj 94415-66149, Iran
Academic Editor: Robert G. Bednarik
Arts 2015, 4(1), 24-33; https://doi.org/10.3390/arts4010024
Received: 26 September 2014 / Accepted: 27 January 2015 / Published: 10 February 2015
(This article belongs to the Collection World Rock Art)
Recent field works have shown a great potential of rock art in western Iran, particularly in Kermanshah province. This paper has been prepared based on recent fieldwork, which has resulted in identifying new clusters of petroglyphs at the western part of Kermanshah province. Several rock art sites have been identified in Bi-Ravas, Havar Poinrhis in north of Paveh, the rock art to the west of Paveh and the petroglyphs of Ryjab or Ryjav village. The depictions include anthropomorphs, zoomorphs, geometric forms and cupules. A remarkable characteristic of the rock art in the region is the considerable number of cupules, which were identified in Bi-Ravas, North of Paveh and Ryjab village. Only one specimen of a purported hunting scene has been recognized in Biravas, where a primary chronology could be made with regard to the depiction of a horse-like animal, which has been illustrated with a harness. More fieldwork will be required in order to shed more light on the rock art of western Kermanshah. View Full-Text
Keywords: rock art; petroglyph; cupule; Iran; Kermanshah rock art; petroglyph; cupule; Iran; Kermanshah
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Lahafian, J. The Newly Found Petroglyphs in the Western Kermanshah. Arts 2015, 4, 24-33.

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