Tsagaan River Petroglyphs in Gobi Altai


Tsagaan River Petroglyphs are located in Naran soum of Gobi-Altai province, along the left side of Tsagaan River. Tsagaan River Petroglyphs or Tsagaan Salaa Rock Paintings are protected by UNESCO because it is a part of Mongol-Altaic petroglyphs that were engraved on the UNESCO world heritage in 2011.

The rock formation that exhibits the petroglyphs covers about 15 square km along Tsagaan River inside Altai Tavan Bogd National Park. There are about 10,000 rock paintings that you can examine with your own eyes. Those invaluable historical evidences date back to the Neolithic and Bronze Age period and they mainly depict hunters and herders doing their chores.

The petroglyphs are an extremely important subject matter for various reasons, not only because they are huge in numbers but because the depictions show huge details of everyday life of prehistoric people. The main information we can collect here is the transitional shift between hunter-gatherer to agricultural society which mainly involved domesticating and breeding animals rather than cultivating plants.

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