Petroglyphs of the Mongolian Altai

Petroglyphs of the Mongolian Altai
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The Petroglyphs of the Mongolian Altai are one of the largest, oldest and least damaged concentrations of rock art in North Asia.

The earliest images date from the Late Pleistocene (11,000 years BP). They extend into the Bronze Age, Iron Age and Turkic period (9th century). The images evoke historical cultural landscapes, and lead to a better understanding of pre-historic communities in this area of Asia.

The petroglyphs are spread out over a large area in valleys at the remote western edge of the Altai mountains. They are enclosed within 3 areas, some 35-40km apart:

  • Aral Tolgoi
  • Upper Tsagaan Gol (lived in by Tuva families, sacred mountain)
  • Tsagaan Salaa-Baga Oigor (most extensive)

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Full Name
Petroglyphs of the Mongolian Altai
Unesco ID
1382
Country
Mongolia
Inscribed
2011
Type
Cultural
Criteria
3
Categories
Archaeological site - Rock Art
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Site History

2011 Revision

Includes former TWHS Tsagaan salaa rock painting (1996) and The Upper Tsagaan Gol Complex (2009)

2011 Inscribed

Locations

The site has 3 locations

Petroglyphs of the Mongolian Altai: Tsagaan Salaa-Baga Oigor
Petroglyphs of the Mongolian Altai: Upper Tsagaan Gol
Petroglyphs of the Mongolian Altai: Aral Tolgoi

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