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Latticed Petroglyphs of Mount Kalbak-Tash, Gorny Altai

Authors
Journal
Archaeology Ethnology and Anthropology of Eurasia
1563-0110
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
39
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.aeae.2011.11.011
Keywords
  • Rock Art
  • Gorny Altai
  • Temple/Barn
  • Mother Goddess
  • Latticed Images
  • Chalcolithic
Disciplines
  • Linguistics
  • Mathematics

Abstract

On Mount Kolbak-Tash, petroglyphs belonging to various periods of the ancient history of Gorny Altai can be observed, from the Neolithic to the Ancient Turkic period. The majority of petroglyphs represent zoomorphic and anthropomorphic images. Among geometric images, the so-called latticed fi gures attributable to the Chalcolithic (late 4th–3rd millennia BC) can be distinguished. Archaeologists suggest two interpretations for these fi gures: female anthropomorphic images and representations of ritual construction. Rather than being mutually exclusive this article shows that the two interpretations offered are semiotically connected.

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