Interesting sites, alters and legends associated with Alvand, which is considered a holy mountain in Iran, along with Damavand.
B.J.'s Iranian friend and co-researcher. Most of the pictures in the book and this website are courtesy of Mahdi.
ANCIENT ARCHAEOLOGICAL SITES NEAR ALVAND
TOP: Ganj Dareh
BOTTOM: Godin Tepe
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.
The twin peaks of Parau near modern Kermanshah may be what the Sumerian's called Mt. Mashu.
The tomb of Shem is believed to be near the summit of Alvand.
Religious rituals continue to this day every August near the summit of Alvand.