Saimaly-Tash Petroglyphs, treasures of ancient Turkic history

About 10,000 stones with pictures in Saimaly-Tash, Kyrgyzstan, have been identified, the earliest dating back to the third to early second millennia BC

Saimaly-Tash Petroglyphs, treasures of ancient Turkic history

World Bulletin / News Desk

Compared to other nations, today, very little evidence of Turkish history has survived to this day. One of the many reasons behind this is due to the fact that our ancestors were nomadic, living under harsh natural conditions and struggling against enemies, which gave them no facilities to write history and develop in the arts.  Really when you examine past Turkish history, our ancestors were more invıved with survival rather than leaving for the future artwork and heritage.  Saimaly-Tash as rock pictures are a rare and precious archeological remains which has survived as a reminicence of our past history.


Theese rock pictures exist at an altitude of 3500 , in an area called Saimaly-Tash,  on top of Aladag mountains which is a branch of Tanri mountains, near Khirghizistan. İt has been recorded that at this place there are 100 thousand paintings on 10 thousand rocks.  İt is unknown when and how theese pictures were drawn. As the area where theese rocks exist is so cold , the pictures have been reserved just as the first day they were drawn.  İt is not possible to date them, however it is claimed that they were drawn somewhere between 5000 BC and 1000 AC.


Servet Somuncuoglu, who first saw theese rock pictures in 2005 and took pictures of the sites, proposed TRT, Turkish State Television, with the idea of making a documentary about these sites. His proposal was accepted, however, it was not going to be easy at all to film a documentary in theese harsh geography.  The filming which started in 2006 lasted for 93 days.   When Servet Somuncuoglu was describing the weather conditions afterwards, he said that : ' it was snowing in July '.  The consultant for the project was Prof. Ahmet Tasagil, who is an expert on pre islamic Turkish history.  The photos taken have been published in two giant books.  Unfortunately, Server Somuncuoglu passed away in 2013.


İt is a well known historical fact that the geography where the rock pictures exist is an area where past Turks have lived.  However, it is estimated that theese pictures were drawn collectively by different tribes, who all believed in the Sky God and met at certain times of the year.  Hence, 100 thousand pictures could not all have been drawn by one tribe. İt must be assumed that theese works were all a collective effort over many years of time.


Amongst the pictures drawn are many figures which are the results of imagination. As an example, people with sun heads, horse carts which carry shamans to the sky and figures which resemble space ships.  Theese strange figures play a role in the increase of mystery attached to theese rocks.


İn general, pictures can be divided into two categories being abstract and concrete. İts is estimated that the abstract pictures are more recent than the concrete pictures. The abstract pictures here can be described as the reflection of peoples ideas and imagination onto the rocks.


Oftenly , you can come accross animal figures on theese rocks.  Snake, deer, mountain goat, horse and animals of the like have been carved onto theese rocks.  Mountain goats and deers were the primary source of meat and skin.  İn fact the horns and bones of theese animals were used to make all sorts of tools. İn summary, theese hunted animals of that period were of much benefit to theese people.  For this reason it is thought that theese people have drawn deer and mountain goat pictures on the rocks, as a gesture of respect for theese animals.  However, there is no worship of animals as it was more an inclination of respect and gratefullness.


Theese drawings are amongst the most important archeological sources in history, especially Asian history.  There exist in many regions in the world pictures drawn on rocks. However, at no place was there a discovery of as many drawings ( approximately100 thousand ) in the same place.  İn addition, theese drawings are one of the sole remains that can shed light on past Turkish history.

















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