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Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape
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Type of site: Cultural
Date: Prehistoric
Date of Inscription: 2007
Location: East. Europe/West. Asia, Azerbaijan, Garadagh District and Apsheron District, Baku City terrritory
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Description: The site is made up of three areas of rocky boulders that protrude from Azerbaijan’s semi-desert; Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape holds an exceptional collection of about 6,000 rock engravings which testify for 4000 years of rock art. The site also features settlement and burial remains that reflect an intensive human settlement which was inhabited during the wet period that followed the last ice age, dwellers resided here from the Upper Palaeolithic to the Middle Ages. The property is a part of the larger protected Gobustan Reservation, and it covers an area of 537 ha. --WHMNet paraphrase from the description at WHC Site, where additional information is available.
  Gobustan State Reserve located west of the settlement of Qobustan, about 40 miles southwest of the centre of Baku was established in 1966 when the region was declared as a national historical landmark of Azerbaijan in an attempt to preserve the ancient carvings, mud volcanoes and gas-stones in the region. Gobustan State Reserve is very rich in archeological monuments, the reserve has more then 600,000 rock paintings, which depict primitive men, animals, battle-pieces, ritual dances, bullfights, boats with armed oarsmen, warriors with lances in their hands, camel caravans, pictures of sun and stars, on the average dating back to 5,000-20,000 years. Today Gobustan is the most popular state reserve and is an invaluable treasure-house of Azerbaijan. For other state reserves see State Reserves of Azerbaijan. --Wikipedia. Text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.
Reference: 1. UNESCO World Heritage Center, Site Page.
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