The Gobustan National Park, Azerbaijan

Gobustan National Park is a hill and mountain site, southeast end of the Big Caucasian Ridge in Azerbaijan.

Museum of Gobustan national park

Museum of Gobustan national park

Let’s learn about the archeology of this region at the museum first.

Animals that lived in this area at that time.

Animals that lived in this area at that time.

Petroglyphs in the museum Gobustan

Petroglyphs in the museum Gobustan

Pottery artefacts discovered in Gobustan

Pottery artefacts discovered in Gobustan

Unearthed stone implements ; stone arrowheads and axes.

Unearthed stone implements ; stone arrowheads and axes.

Teeth of ancient animal

Teeth of ancient animal

Left the museum for the field observations.

Announcement in Gobustan, 1950

Announcement in Gobustan, 1950

Ancient Petroglyphs at Gobustan National Park, Azerbaijan.

Ancient Petroglyphs at Gobustan National Park, Azerbaijan.

Petroglyphs in Gobustan, Azerbaijan, dating back to 10,000 BC indicating a thriving culture.

Petroglyphs in Gobustan, Azerbaijan, dating back to 10,000 BC indicating a thriving culture.

In the remote past, the flora and fauna of Gobustan were incomparably richer. Its landscape represented a kind of savannah with corresponding climate. Here were large herds of wild bulls, goats, deer, wild horses, donkeys, wild boars, and gazelles hunted by lions, wolves, wild cats and leopards.

Ancient Petroglyphs at Gobustan National Park,

Ancient Petroglyphs at Gobustan National Park,

Living quarters of that time

Living quarters of that time

Rock for rituals

Rock for rituals

Mud Volcano

Mud Volcano

Roman stone inscription, carved between 84 and 96 A.D.

Roman stone inscription, carved between 84 and 96 A.D.

Gaval Dash, Stone

Gaval Dash, Stone

There is also this musical gemstone known as Gaval Dash. It makes a tambourine-like sound when it is hit in different points. Among the stone books there are a big flat stone formed out of 3 supports.

In 2007 Gobustan was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site considered to be of “outstanding universal value” for the quality and density of its rock art engravings, for the substantial evidence the collection of rock art images presents for hunting, fauna, flora and lifestyles in pre-historic times and for the cultural continuity between prehistoric and medieval times that the site reflects.

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