Mountains, ravines and engravings

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Gobustan National Park,  Azerbaijan,  March 2017

Gobustan National Park is a mountainous area at the southeast end of the Greater Caucasus mountain ridge on the west bank of the Caspian Sea.  At roughly 64 km southwest of Baku it makes a perfect day trip from the capital of Azerbaijan.

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The area is dissected by many often deep ravines, which probably explains its name (gobu means ravine in Azerbaijani).  However, the place is known for more that its natural beauty: it is home to over 6,000 petroglyphs, and also features the remains of inhabited caves and burial areas. In 2007, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site considered to be of “outstanding universal value” for the evidence its rock engravings give of the hunting, fauna, flora and lifestyles of pre-historic times.

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There is a great museum on site, and the enthusiastic guides take you outside to point out a great range of the petroglyphs.  It would have been difficult to spot and interpret some of them without a guide.

The engravings depict primitive men, animals, dancers, bullfights, boats, warriors and camels plus sun and stars.


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Copyright Debbie Smyth, 10 July 2017

Posted as part of Photo a Week

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