alvand mountain

Kuh-e Alvand fits the Biblical description of people moving "from the east" into Shinar or ancient Mesopotamia.


There are Pre-Pottery Neolithic (PPN) sites near Alvand that have evidence of early wine and animal domestication.


Sumerian legend has Aratta seven mountains beyond Susa.


The Book of Jubilees places Media and the mountains of Ararat with Shem's middle portion, not in Japheth's northern land allotment of Turkey and beyond.

mt.  Parau

The twin peaks of Parau near modern Kermanshah may be what the Sumerian's called Mt. Mashu.

M. Mahdi Ahadian

B.J.'s Iranian friend and co-researcher.  Most of the pictures in the book and this website are courtesy of Mahdi.

EXPLORING ancient iran

Interesting sites, alters and legends associated with Alvand, which is considered a holy mountain in Iran, along with Damavand.

ANCIENT ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES NEAR ALVAND

TOP: Ganj Dareh
MIDDLE: Giyan

BOTTOM: Godin Tepe

Religious rituals continue to this day every August near the summit of Alvand.

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Ancient Origins article: Kuh-e Alvand: Searching for the True Mountain of Noah and his Ark and book review by Petros Koutoupis

The tomb of Shem is believed to be near the summit of Alvand.

The book Seven Mountains to Aratta presents evidence for Alvand mountain in Iran as the most likely location for the Mountains of Ararat and Aratta. The location Noah's Ark landed. (120 pages)