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Begazy Petroglyphs.

Petroglyphs of Kazakhstan and Central Asia.

“ seemed a part of her life, to step from the ancient to the modern, back and forth. She felt rather sorry for those who knew only one and not the other. It was better, she thought, to be able to select from the whole menu of human achievements than to be bound within one narrow range” 

Orson Scott Card.

Archaeological sites of the Karaganda region.

Begazy's petroglyphs are located in the Begazy mountains in the Aktogay region of the Karaganda region and were first recorded by A. Kh. Margulan (Margulan, 1979). Includes graphic monuments of Serikbay, Symtas, Nartay, Ryspek, Akshoky. As a result of their survey in the 50s.
XX century over a hundred different-time petroglyphs have been identified. Here there are images of wild and domestic animals, humans, solar signs (Margulan, 2004, Fig. 293 - 303). In 2007, state protection passports were compiled for these monuments, which were carried out by employees of the archaeological expedition of the A. Kh. Margulan Institute of Archeology during a continuous and comprehensive survey of archaeological sites.
For the most part, petroglyphs turned out to be synchronous in time of creation with excavated and adjacent burial structures dating back to the Late Bronze Age and the Early Iron Age. Fine monuments, respectively, are named so as well as local funerary monuments, according to the toponymy of the spurs of mountains and gorges in which they are located.
In the repertoire of petroglyphs, traditional images of various animals are widely represented: mountain rams, horses, camels, deer, roe deer, dogs, argali, as well as horsemen, anthropomorphic images and solar symbols, the number of which at different locations varies from several tens to hundreds.
Part of the images sketchy and difficult to identify. The patina of the images corresponds to 2 to 3 units. Images are punched with grinding elements. The conservation of most petroglyphs is very poor.

M.V. Bedelbaeva, V.A. Novozhenov, N.V. Novozhenova. "Fine monuments of the Kazakh small hills". Karaganda State University named after academician E.A. Buketova. Saryarka Archaeological Institute. Karaganda. 2015.

Alexander Petrov.