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Bull Geoglyph From The Bronze Age Is The Only One Discovered In Whole Central Asia

Updated: Oct 1

Context:

Throughout history, geoglyphs have been a subject of interest to people like archeologists, historians etc. Apart from the artistic or philosophic value that ancient paintings or drawings depict, geoglyphs in most of the cases have another value to them, that is the technological advancements of the creators which enabled them to perceive the figures from the ground which we, today can only see from a certain height. We're going to discuss a recent discovery of a geoglyph.

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What Has Been Found:

A geoglyph of a bull was discovered in the south-western region of the Republic of Tuva, in southern Siberia. It was found near the Russian-Mongolian border, close to a village called Khondergey. An incomplete(i.e. the hind part) figure of a bull was discovered at the site during excavations. This figure, measuring 4 meters in length and 3 meters in width, was made of locally available sandstones and pebbles. The part of the bull discovered, shows the hind legs, the tail and a part of the back of a bull. The other(missing) part would show the front part of the bull i.e. the horns, the head and the front legs. As far as the disappearance of the missing part is concerned, researchers presume that a 1940's road construction project is responsible for its destruction. The researchers have recommended advanced preservation of the site in the future.


Let's Deep Dive:

The Study:

A team of archeologists led by Marina Kilunovskaya conducted the study. The team was constructed by gathering archeologists from all over the Republic of Tuva and from several institutes like the Institute of the History of Material Culture in St. Petersberg, Russian Academy of Sciences and LLC Krasnoyarsk Geoarchaeology.


What The Study Finds: