Estimated age found last year a geoglyph on a plateau at the foot of the Zyuratkul ridge in the Satka region Chelyabinsk region. According to archaeologist Stanislav Grigoriev, the image of “moose” was created from VI to III millennium BC era. If the hypothesis is confirmed, the “Ural moose” will receive the title the oldest geoglyph in the world. Photos from open sources A more accurate date will be set after spore-pollen analysis. It is possible that the Ural geoglyph is older than the famous representatives of the Peruvian “fauna” from the Nazca plateau dating back to the middle of the 1st millennium BC ad. Looking at pictures of a plateau near Zyuratkul on Google Earth, you can distinguish on it an image – elongated to the north muzzle, four legs and a pair of horns of an animal similar to an elk. what As for the tail, then in new pictures it is not visible as clearly as on earlier. Last year, the first to pay attention to the geoglyph local historian Alexander Shestakov, who for several years worked on the construction and improvement of the ecological trail in Zyuratkul National Park. At first he noticed that on the plateau ridge at an altitude of 860 meters do not grow trees, and began for studying images taken from space. The result was a discovery a geoglyph representing a giant – with a diameter of 275 meters – image of an animal like a moose. Drawing “laid out” on the ground crushed stones and molding clay. The length of the stone strip, from which is moose – more than 2 kilometers. Maybe this man-made monument has a religious purpose. About this, to For example, the fact that it can only be considered bird’s-eye. True, at the time when it was created, there were practically no forests in the South Urals – they appeared only 2.5 thousands of years ago. The geoglyph could be seen from a neighboring hill. More of what Alexander Shestakov notes: “Another line is growing on this line grass, that is, it differs from the common meadow. This grass before blooms, but earlier turns yellow, and therefore it is noticeable either late autumn or early spring. “Regarding the stylized image “moose” also have their own versions. “Figure taken in perspective: the elements closest to the viewer are larger, the distant ones are smaller, Chief Specialist of the Center for the Protection of Cultural Heritage Chelyabinsk region Nikolai Menshenin. – The drawing will be more harmonious if you clear the left horn and the back line. “According to Naurale com site, according to a senior research fellow at the Institute History and Archeology of the Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences Stanislav Grigoriev, “Similar megalithic objects are not works of art. This ritual the object is not required to accurately convey the image, but must give a symbol. Of course, we will never be able to fully understand its meaning. “If the expected dating is correct, then we are not dealing only with the only one in Russia, but also the oldest geoglyph in the world. It was possible to determine the time of its creation by excavations at the site of the image of the muzzle of an animal chip from the nucleus. A nucleus is a piece of flint from which flakes were beaten off or knife-shaped plates for the manufacture of stone tools. On the the place found many stone scrapers, axes and tools for digging. For the most part, hoes are found here, with which, most likely, the ancient authors of the “moose” removed the top layer soils and turned large boulders out of the ground. Time of creation the geoglyph is far from the only mystery of this prehistoric the monument. “If before it seemed that the object, although large in size, but rather primitive, that is, consists of two lines large stones, between which stones of smaller diameter are piled it’s now clear: here, among other things, crushed stones and molding clay. Why was this done until the mystery “, – reports online edition uralpress.ru with reference to Stanislav Grigoryeva. Why is the moose shown? One of the possible answers can be considered the myth of the “stolen sun”, reflecting impressions of primitive people about the solar eclipse. People of antiquity thought that this moose swallowed the sun. He began to be revered in as a deity and offer him sacrifice. One more question is where the parking lot of the ancient South Urals, who built the geoglyph. The opinion of experts is unambiguous: if there was a strong cultural tradition, therefore, should be other geoglyphs not yet found. Indeed, in the Urals there are other megalithic objects, one of the most interesting located just 60 kilometers northeast of the “moose”. On the large island of Vera (also known as Pinaev or Pinaevsky) on Lake Turgoyak in the South Trans-Urals there are 50 archaeological monuments occupying half of its territory. Island Area It is 6.5 hectares, the maximum width is 800 meters. The most old buildings, mostly cult ones, belong to the middle Paleolithic (60 thousand years ago), the newest erected in the XIX century.
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