Sites & cities that bear the name of Palegawra Cave

Palegawra Cave

Today in : Iraq
First trace of activity : ca. 15,700 B.C.E
Last trace of activity : ca. 11,400 B.C.E

Description : Palegawra cave, alongside its neighbouring Zarzi, has been an emblematic site of the Epipalaeolithic (Zarzian) cultural horizon in the NW Zagros of Southwest Asia ever since its first exploration in 1951 by Bruce Howe and Robert Braidwood in the context of the Iraq-Jarmo project. Palegawra cave is located on the NW Zagros piedmont zone, on the part of it that is delimited to the north by the Lesser Zab river, to the west by the city of Kirkuk, marking its boundary with the Mesopotamian upper plain (Jezireh), and to the south by the Diyala (Sirwan) river. The Palegawra cave complex consists of 3 caves located ~30m apart from each other along the NW-SE oriented line of the northern extension of the Baranand Dagh ridge flanking the NE edge of the Bazian valley.

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