The Petroglyphs of Eshkiolmes are located throughout the Eshkiolmes mountain range in the Almaty region of Kazakhstan. The area is being considered for inscription on the World Heritage list of sites who have "outstanding universal value" to the world.
The petroglyphs are the most outstanding features of this area that also includes ancient Late Bronze to Middle Age settlements and burials. There exist over 4000 extant well-preserved petroglyphs in this area, that employ a wide range of techniques and content. The rock art often depicts even the most minute detail of ancient life, including the depiction of clothes and tools.
World Heritage status
This site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List on September 24, 1998 in the Mixed (Cultural + Natural) category.
Set around the lush Tamgaly Gorge, amidst the vast, arid Chu-Ili mountains, is a remarkable concentration of some 5,000 petroglyphs (rock carvings) dating from the second half of the second millennium BC to the beginning of the 20th century.
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