The Joint Mongolian / American / Russian Project, 'Altay,' is dedicated to the study of the ecology of ancient cultures in the
   The Altay Mountains
Altay Mountains of North Asia. Since 1994, the Project has been surveying and documenting surface archaeology in Baya Ölgiy aimag, where the Altay Mountains separate Mongolia, Russia, and northern China.

x    The Altay Mountains


x    Villagers and project members

These remote mountains and valleys are rich in surface archaeology: burial mounds from the late Bronze and Iron Ages, great stone
   Villagers and project members
altars (khereksur) from the Bronze and early Iron Ages, and ritual sites and stone images from the Turkic period. This region also includes some of the finest and largest petroglyphic complexes in North Asia. In addition, project members have recorded extensive petroglyphs and Turkic ritual sites; deer stones; Turkic images and ritual altars and khereksur, and a great number of other scattered Turkic images, standing stones, and deer stones.


Through this process of recording and documenting, the Project is gradually building a vivid picture o   The region   f the ecology of culture in the Mongolian Altay between the late Pleistocene (approximately 11,000 calendar year B.P.) and the Turkic period (first millennium C.E.).

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