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WHAT TO SEE : Petroglyphs and pictographs

 

 

Gorno-Badakhshan has more than 10,000 petroglyphs and pictographs, several dating from the late paleolithic period
(8,000 BCE). Most are (fortunately for their preservation) some distance from the main roads and many villagers are unaware of their presence. (The pictures below illustrate what can happen when unthinking local people deface a rock exhibiting petroglyphs.)

Langar inscription Langar inscription
Langar inscription Bibi

Until funds are available for recording, analysing and dating
(and, not least, protecting) them, the photographs below
(kindly provided by Markus Hauser and Vatani Alidodov) are intended only as a first indicator of this cultural and historical wealth and as an incentive to the serious traveller in the Pamirs (are there any others just yet?) to explore further.


A petroglyph is an image engraved on a rock. A pictograph is an image painted on a rock.

Links:
http://depts.washington.edu/silkroad/archaeology/mongolia/


Langar inscription Langar inscription

Petroglyphs in Langar (Ishkashim district)

Markus pictograph Shakhty cave pictograph murghab

Pictographs in Shakhty cave (Murghab district)
Shakhty cave pictograph murghab

Reproduction of petroglyphs in Akjilga (Murghab district)



More petroglyphs in Ishkashim District

Petroglyphs in Ishkashim
Sufi poem
Petroglyphs in Ishkashim
Hand of Ali (5 principles of Islam) and rubob in anthropomorphic shape
Petroglyphs in Ishkashim
Hand, rubob, rider and ibex
Petroglyphs in Ishkashim
Anthropomorphic figures in the shape of a rubob
Petroglyphs in Ishkashim
Anthropomorphic figures with dogs (?)
Petroglyphs in Ishkashim
Rider with sword (?)
Petroglyphs in Ishkashim
Hands and rubob
Petroglyphs in Ishkashim
Ibex
Petroglyphs in Ishkashim
Rubob
Petroglyphs in Ishkashim
Sufi poem
Petroglyphs in Ishkashim
Zulficar, sword of Ali
Petroglyphs in Ishkashim
Sufi poem
Petroglyphs in Ishkashim
Ibex

 

 


All text and photographs (c) Robert Middleton 2002


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