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Ancient Cult Rock Discovered by Altaian Archeologists
23.01.2009 12:03
Ancient Cult Rock Discovered by Altaian Archeologists

Archeologists of Altai State University have found a massive granite rock worked up and stylized to remind of a man's figure.
      It was found near a gas station, where a bypass road Novisibirsk-Kochki-Pavlodar is being built now.
      The ancient sculpture is almost 3000 years old. The stele has been brought and set up on a pedestal near the Local History Museum.
      "The stone sculpture is a so-called "deer rock" - explains Academician Vyacheslav Molodin. - The hand-made figure of granite depicts a deer hunter. Suchlike installations were created in the late Bronze Age, i.e. early Scythian period (about IX VII century B.C.). They were found at excavations in Gorny Altai, Buryatia, and Tyva. Yet, in the Western Siberia it is the first find of the kind, the fact making it a unique exhibit for the Golden Horde Museum".
      Soon a memorable plate will be put on the pedestal.
      "Deer rocks" refers to stones with ancient carved pictures (usually those of deer, elks, and other animals, as well as weapon items) that are found in steppes and forest-steppes of South Siberia. The pictures on deer rocks were once of a certain magic meaning.


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