Омск, Россия; Павлодар, Казахстан
XXII международный научный симпозиум "Интеграция археологических и этнографических исследований"/ The XXIIth international scientific symposium «The Integration of Archaeological and Ethnographic Researches»

Shirin Y.  

Ancient stone sculptures of North-West Mongolia and attitude to them now

The article deals with information on stone statues that were investigated in several areas in Uvs aimag, in a vicinity of the lake Uureg. In addition to those known for a long time, new objects have been identified including deer stones. Surveyed monuments has localized and mapped sites by GPS. Many monuments are damaged. Some of ancient stone statues are visited by prayers (mostly by Derbets) along with modern cult constructions as obos and inders. Tradition establishes several special reasons for prayers and offerings to the certain statues. We have noted the use in cult purposes of some stelae into enclosures and some khirigsuurs. Taking into account information on a modern use of ancient monuments, it is necessary to make efforts for ensuring a maximum preservation of their original appearance.

Keywords: Uvs aimag, Derbets, stone statues, deer stones

Full text file: Shirin.doc

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