Gobustan

Gobustan

Just thirty miles from Baku lies an important site of ancient petroglyphs, Gobustan, added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2007.  Quarry workers discovered the rock carvings here by accident in the 1930s.  Since then, the carvings depicting men, women, animals and artifacts have been the focus of much study and speculation.

Thor Heyerdahl famously proposed that the carvings of boats show that the Scandic people of Norway descended from the prehistoric residents of this area, though his theory hasn’t been proven.  The record left by these ancient people does attest to a far vaster Caspian Sea, and gives insight into details of daily life such as hunting and recreation, culture and economy.

PUBLISHED: July 19, 2013