Scientists Discover 15,000-Year-Old Rock Art Gallery In Russian Border

Recently, a team of experts have managed to identify a 15,000-year-old Paleolithic rock “art gallery” on two separate places, revealing that the petroglyphs were most likely made by the same group of ancient artists.

Ancient Art Galleries

Per the report, the drawings were mostly discovered back in the 1990s up until the early 2000s, although most of the questions asked at the time were unanswered. One of these is the debate between scientists and experts as to whether the drawings showed “fantastical creatures with trunks” or the now-extinct woolly mammoths that once roamed the areas.

Since the drawings that have been identified were located in the Ukok Plateau in Russia’s Altai Republic and Baga-Oygur and Tsagaan-Salaa in northwestern Mongolia, the “galleries” are technically in different countries. However, the actual distance between the two is only about 20 kilometers. Furthermore, the petroglyphs are also 7,000 years older than previously thought, with the artists employing the same artistic style in both of these locations, which is called as the Kalgutinsky style.

Made by French and Russian researchers, this discovery is deemed useful since the drawings are now confirmed to be that of woolly mammoths, which became extinct in the region some 15,000 years ago. This, per the team, makes it the work of Paleolithic artists, which then led to the likelihood that these artists used stone implements as opposed to metal. Furthermore, the stones also had some sort of “desert varnish,” which is a dark crust that forms on stones in dry conditions, suggesting that they are older than the previous assumptions of 8,000 to 10,000 years old.

“We attribute the petroglyphs to the Final Upper Paleolithic period, because the examples with typical features of this style depict the Pleistocene fauna (mammoths, rhinoceros). These stylistic features find their parallels among the typical examples of the Upper Paleolithic rock art of Europe,” the researchers concluded.

“This is a new touch to what we know about the unexplainable activities of prehistoric people in Central Asia,” Vyacheslav Molodin, a Russian scientist who undertook the study alongside Dmitry Cheremisin and Dr. Lidia Zotkina from the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography, Novosibirsk, said.

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