Rock Engravings of Kalbak Tash

Klaback Tash is a unique complex of ancient petroglyphs. The name of this place translates as “flat stone”. The flattened rocky hill, located in the valley of River Chuya, consists of more than 500 compositions all together about 5,000 engravings. They were all made with the technique of carving with stone or metal tools. The oldest ones date back to the 8th millennium BC. The most common images depict animals easily found in the Altai as well as unknown predator species. Scenes of hunting were also drawn. Some inscriptions refer to the ancient Turkish time. To this day 30 lines of runic letters have been identified, forming the Yenisei alphabet.
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