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Petroglyphs within the Archaeological Landscape of Tamgaly
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Petroglyphs of Tamgaly
CriteriaCultural: (iii)
Inscription2004 (28th Session)
Area900 ha (2,200 acres)
Buffer zone2,900 ha (7,200 acres)
Coordinates43°48′12″N 75°32′6″E / 43.80333°N 75.53500°E / 43.80333; 75.53500Coordinates: 43°48′12″N 75°32′6″E / 43.80333°N 75.53500°E / 43.80333; 75.53500
Tamgaly is located in Kazakhstan
Location of Tamgaly in Kazakhstan

Tamgaly is a petroglyph site in the Zhetysu of Kazakhstan. Tamgaly became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. Tamgaly is located 170 km (by road) northwest of Almaty.


The majority of the 5000 petroglyphs are in the main canyon, but there are a number in the many side canyons. The petrogylphs are mostly Bronze Age, but in some cases have been overlaid with Medieval or later etchings. There are some petrogylphs from the Iron Age.[1]

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

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  1. ^ Hermann, Luc (2011). Die Petroglyphen von Tamgaly in Kasachstan (in German). Paris: BoD (Books on Demand). ISBN 978-2-8106-1832-3.

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