The follow-up procedures are underway to place this valuable ancient work on the UNESCO list, said the head of the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department of Khomein county, Ali Mashhadi, IRNA reported.

The field study conducted based on the scattering areas of petroglyphs and the diversity of their designs indicate the capacity to name and introduce Markazi Province as the “capital of Iranian petroglyphs”, Mashhadi said.

Since there are several petroglyphs in the neighboring provinces of Isfahan, Markazi and Lorestan, it is expected that all of them will help protect these invaluable artworks, he said.

In this region, apart from human settlements, over 21,000 petroglyphs and several historical inscriptions related to pre-Islamic and Islamic periods have been identified, he added.

He noted that one of the most important and complete collections of petroglyphs in the country is located in Khomein County, which is the historical symbols, inscriptions, and the prehistoric petroglyphs of the Teimareh region.

Source: Iran Daily