Kaskabulak petroglyphs (rock paintings) in Aksu-Zhabagly.
Research of ancient rock carvings in the Kaskabulak gorge.
Natural attractions of the Aksu-Zhabagly reserve.
To look at the petroglyphs of Kaskabulak, we will need to climb on horseback to the upper reaches of the Kaskabulak gorge of the same name. The gorge is picturesque and beautiful, the beginning of our journey to the drawings begins in the village of Zhabagly, here we rent horses and a guide. The territory of the reserve is under protection, therefore, it is necessary to move around the territory of the reserve with a guide from the local forestry.
Kasukabulak rock paintings and gorge - how to get there.
Rock carvings are located in the Aksu-Zhabagly reserve in the upper reaches of the Kaskabulak gorge in the Turkestan region, Kazakhstan. These drawings are located at an altitude of 3000 meters above sea level in a small pit.
GPS coordinates of the Kaskabulak petroglyphs: N42 ° 23'26.81 "E70 ° 41'05.11"
Kaskabulak petroglyphs, gorge - information for tourists.
The rock carvings are located at an altitude of 3000 meters above sea level in the mountains. Researchers still do not understand why such a high point in the mountains was chosen to arrange a gallery of rock carvings there. Here you will see images of mountain goats, marals, hunters with dogs, there are images of a woman milking a horse, there are also drawings of people grazing cattle. There are drawings that are not typical for the mountains and the area, these are images of a turtle and a camel.
The age of the drawings has not been established by scientists until now, there are assumptions that the drawings belong to the Bronze Age, the first half of the second millennium BC. Researcher Marinovsky said that the drawings were applied here during the entire time of the stay of people in this region. It is also not known for certain why this particular place was chosen high in the mountains. So there is an assumption that the stones in this place have their own tan, which for a long time turned them into a dark color, and if you start trying to make rock paintings here, then when the stone is processed, this tan disappears and opens the white surface of the stone from which the drawings become clearly visible. Perhaps this was the reason why our ancestors opened an art gallery here.