Meymand is a village of troglodytes – cave dwellers – located in the southeast of Iran in Kerman province. It has been continuously inhabited for 2,000 to 3,000 years making it one of Iran’s four oldest surviving villages. It is believed that Maymand village has been inhabited for 12,000 years, since the “middle stone ages”, making it a Mesolithic village.
A 10,000-year-old stone engraving and 6,000-year-old pottery have been discovered in Meymand. Also, it has been registered as one of UNESCO world heritage sites and was awarded UNESCO’s 2005 Melina Mercouri prize.