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Paper: Prime Astroarchaeological Researches near Mountain Monastyri in the Western Altai
Volume: 409, Cosmology Across Cultures
Page: 413
Authors: Marsadolov, L.; Dmitrieva, N.
Abstract: On the Western Altai, 50 km southward from the city of Ust- Kamenogorsk, at the same latitude as the Ak-Baur sanctuary, another interesting complex of ancient objects was examined in 2006-2007. This complex consists of a grotto, “spotty” stone and platforms with holes. In the grotto anthropomorphic and geometric drawings madein red ochre were found. The centre of the composition schematically represents human figures with joined hands. One kilometer to the west from the complex there is a sharp-pointed mountain Zhangiztas. In its bottom part a “zoomorphic” ledge is visible; it reminds a sideview of a “head with the opened mouth and tongue”. Observing the sunset on the days of equinox, one can watch the Sun “setting down” on the top of Mt. Zhangistas, then “sliding” along the right-side slope and finally “rolling into the mouth”; in other words, it is “swallowed by a monster”. The “zoomorphic” peculiarity of the mountain outliers (monad nocks) of the Monastyri complex as a whole and of their separate rocky juts was comprehended in the antiquity; the evidence for it is the presence of manmade holes near them; these holes might have an astronomical meaning.
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