Zagros Paleolithic Museum
Kermanshah region with its rich potential for Paleolithic research was good choice to establish a Paleolithic museum. After a discussion with Alireza Moradi Bisetoui, the head of museums and historical sites branch of ICHTO at Kermanshah, and Sonia Shidrang, we started to collect necessary items for the museum in 2007. The museum was finally opend in 2008. We chose Tekieh Biglar Baigi, A Qajar building at downtown of Kermanshah, as a place for this new museum. Marjan Mashkour was in charge of animal fossil identification for the new museum.
The museum occupies four rooms with finds from various Paleolithic and Neolithic sites in Iran, dating from ca. 1,000,000 years to some 8000 years ago. The first room is audio room and there visitors can watch a documentary about prehistoric stone tools and how Paleolithic artisans made these tools. There is also a full life-size model of a Neanderthal.
The second room is dedicated to human and animal bones from Zagros sites and some human skull replicas from famous Paleolithic sites at Europe and Near East. Among the faunal remains, the fossil collection from Wezmeh Cave is of prime importance. The third room contains Lower Paleolithic and Middle Paleolithic stone tools from various sites such as Kashafrud, Ganj Par, Shiwatoo and Bisitun, Lorestan and etc. Among these stone tools, two quartz flakes from Kashafrud are of particular interest. The fourth room houses late Paleolithic and Neolithic stone tools, animal bones, shells and other archaeological objects which are mainly from sites at Zagros region.
Last updated: 15 May 2010