Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Petroglyphs at Tamgaly

Tamgaly is in Kazakhstan, located about 120 km to the Northwest of Almaty. Tamgaly means "painted or marked place". The road to Tamgaly is narrow and in bad conditions, so it takes a while to get there. There are about 5000 petroglyphs to be seen, the oldest have been scratched into the rock during the bronze age. You can skip a few. But don’t skip the burial grounds. There are snakes hidden in the scarce vegetation. The site is a UNESCO world heritage; link: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1145. More information also on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamgaly.

Landscape around Tamgaly

A map at the entrance - good to know some Russian

Warning of snakes

And here it is, the deadly poisonous snake - a viper ...

... and it moves!

Quite a lot of petroglyphs depict animals

He looks like a shaman to me

Maybe they just were merry and danced, maybe they already had too much of an intoxicating beverage

A big horse and a small man

Good to know that Tamgaly has a dog on watch

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