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UNESCO World Heritage Site
Petroglyphs within the Archaeological Landscape of Tamgaly
Name as inscribed on the World Heritage List
Petroglyphs of Tamgaly, Kazakhstan
Type Cultural
Criteria iii
Reference 1145
UNESCO region Asia-Pacific
Inscription history
Inscription 2004 (28th Session)

Tamgaly is a petroglyph site in the Semirechye, Kazakhstan. Tamgaly is located 120 km to northwest of Almaty, and takes about two and a half hours as the side road to Tamgaly is in poor condition (August 2013). The site is open to visitors, and the guards can assist you to head in the right direction along a gravel path. The main petroglyphs can be reached in about 15 minutes from the car park. The majority of the 5000 petroglyphs are in the main canyon, but there are a number in the many side canyons. The petroglyphs are mostly Bronze Age, but in some cases from the Iron Age and the Medieval.[1]

The name Tamgaly in Kazakh and other Turkic languages means "painted or marked place".

Tamgaly became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. (See List of World Heritage Sites in Kazakhstan)

Ancient stone carvings (petroglyphs) found in a small ravine at Tamgaly - maybe this is a picture of a unicorn!
Looking across the small ravine that contains the petroglyphs
Petroglyphs of ancient tribal dance and animals
The largest group of petroglyphs in a sacred site


  1. ^ Luc Hermann, die Petroglyphen von Tamgaly in Kasachstan, Paris, 2011 http://www.bod.fr/index.php?id=1786&objk_id=498624

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Coordinates: 43°48′10″N 75°32′06″E / 43.80275°N 75.53495°E / 43.80275; 75.53495