Tag: IR – Cultural Landscape of Maymand

Anthropology museum, research center under construction in UNESCO-tagged Maymand; Tehran Times

An anthropology museum as well as a research center are under construction in the UNESCO-registered Maymand, a southeastern Iranian village of troglodytes.

Source: Anthropology museum, research center under construction in UNESCO-tagged Maymand

In-depth study starts on Iran’s UNESCO-tagged ‘village of troglodytes’; Tehran Times

A comprehensive study has been commenced on the UNESCO-registered Maymand in a bid to expand protective measures on this ancient manmade-cave dwelling where the then residents made a living about five or six millennia ago in what is now a village in the southeastern Kerman province.

Source: In-depth study starts on Iran’s UNESCO-tagged ‘village of troglodytes’

A 10,000 year old cave village; BBC

Iran – Cultural Landscape of Maymand

Iran’s ancient village of Maymand, located around 900km south of the capital Tehran, is littered with troglodytic dwellings, cavernous, underground homes carved out of soft rock. Stone engravings found at the site are estimated to be more than 10,000 years old.

A Unesco World Heritage Site, Maymand is said to have been inhabited continuously for more than 2,000 years, which makes it one of Iran’s oldest surviving villages.

Tucked away in a valley within the arid mountains of central Iran, Maymand experiences extremely hot summers and severely cold winters. To adapt to these harsh conditions, villagers switch homes according to the season.

In the summer and early autumn, they live in homes with grass thatch roofs which help protect them from the oppressive heat. When temperatures plummet and bone-chilling winds sweep the valley, Maymand residents move underground.

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Maymand, an exemplar manmade-cave dwelling; Tehran Times

Thousands of years before Persepolis – the magnificent Achaemenid ceremonial capital – was made in southern Iran in the fifth and fourth centuries BC, residents of its eastward village named Maymand carved out rocky hillsides to take refuge from harsh climate of the Iranian Plateau.

The cultural landscape of Maymand has been inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 2015.  It is an exemplar system of manmade cave dwelling that is believed to be practiced in the region to cope with its harsh climate.

Maymand is situated near Shahr-e Babak in the southeastern Kerman Province. Its self-contained, semi-arid area is sprawled at the end of a south-facing valley at the southern extremity of Iran’s central mountains.

Sandwiched between a desert and a mountain, Maymand has cold winters and exceedingly hot summers yet abundant with mulberry and blackberry trees.

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