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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Petroglyphic Complexes of the Mongolian Altai, Mongolia

[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] Petroglyphic Complexes of the Mongolian Altai is a World Heritage Site in Mongolia. It protects the rock carvings and funerary monuments in three sites of the country. These carvings were created over a period of 12,000 years, with the earliest appearing around 11,0000 BC.

The discovery of the petroglyphs of the Mongolian Altai has helped scientists get a better understanding of the ancient people that dwelled the area.


Gorturk petroglyphs of Mongolia from the 6th to 8th centuries
Gorturk petroglyphs of Mongolia from the 6th to 8th centuries
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Judging from the subject matter of the petroglyphs provide a glimpse of the climate and vegatation of Mongolia during that period. The older petroglyphs indicate that Mongolia was partly forested and the people engaged in hunting large animals. The later rock carvings show that they have transitioned from hunting to herding and the raising of lifestock.

Carvings done in the first millennium BC show that the people were on horseback, suggesting that they have become horse-dependent nomadic tribes. Even more recent carvings, from the 7th and 8th century show people in traditional costumes of the late Turkic period.

Petroglyphic Complexes of the Mongolian Altai was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 35th session of the World Heritage Committee in Paris, France, 19-29 June, 2011.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N49 20 2 E88 23 43
Inscription Year: 2011
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: III
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