The rock carvings and petroglyphs in Qobustan

The rock carvings and petroglyphs in Qobustan

More than 4,000 pictures of animals, humans, natural life experiences, hunting, and dancing were carved over a span of thousands of years.

Qobustan State Reserve is very rich in archaeological monuments, the reserve has more than 6,000 rock carvings, which depict people, animals, battle-pieces, ritual dances, bullfights, boats with armed oarsmen, warriors with lances in their hands, camel caravans, pictures of sun and stars, on the average dating back to 5,000-20,000 years.

The language of the ancient population of Qobustan is disputed, but the petroglyphs still give information about the lives of prehistoric people who lived there.

The famed Norwegian anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl returned many times to Azerbaijan between 1961 and his death in 2002 to study the site.


Featured Image: Entrance to the Qobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape Reserve

Website: whc.unesco.org



 

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