The numerous rock carvings and funerary monuments found in these three sites illustrate the development of culture in Mongolia over a period of 12,000 years.

The earliest images reflect a time (11,000 - 6,000 BC) when the area was partly forested and the valley provided a habitat for hunters of large game. Later images show the transition to herding as the dominant way of life.

The most recent images show the transition to a horse-dependent nomadic lifestyle during the early 1st millennium BC, the Scythian period and the later Turkic period (7th and 8th centuries AD).

The carvings contribute valuably to our understanding of pre-historic communities in northern Asia.

- UNESCO (CC-BY-SA IGO 3.0)

3 sites in this World Heritage

  • Tsagaan Salaa-Baga Oigor
  • Upper Tsagaan Gol
  • Aral Tolgoi

Tsagaan Salaa-Baga Oigor

Upper Tsagaan Gol

Aral Tolgoi

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DATA

Region
Asia and the Pacific
Country
Mongolia 
Category
Cultural
Name
Petroglyphic Complexes of the Mongolian Altai
Selection Criteria (?)
(iii)
Year of Registered
2011
Keyword
Cave, Petroglyph, Registered in 2011, Rock Art