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Petroglyphs of the White Sea

On the coast of the White Sea the veil of mystery over the world of antiquity slightly lifts. This is where petroglyphs, rock carvings of ancient hunters and fishermen engraved into the rock surface by spot strokes, have been found. Karelian petroglyphs is a part of primitive art, unique memorials of monument art of the late Stone Age (IV-II millennia B.C.).

The White Sea petroglyphs located in the lower reaches of the river Vyg (before it falls into the White Sea) in 6-8 km distance from the town of Belomorsk include more than two thousand various drawings. Famous writer and scientist Alexander Linevsky has poetically called them Pages of a Rock Book. This is the largest accumulation of rock pictures left by the ancient people in Russia's European Region. Petroglyphs have been pecked in amazingly beautiful places: on huge flat boulders and on islets in the middle of virgin forest. They are easily accessible, convenient to take a close look at, to study and photograph in no hurry.

Petroglyphs show varoius moments of people's life. Among the images there are real masterpieces, for example, surprisingly true scenes of hunting for an elk or white whale. There are the most ancient in Europe images of hunters on skis. Frequent in rock carvings of the White Sea are sexual cult motives. There are even images of scenes of group coupling.

Although most of petroglyphs show figures of people and animals, some pictures remain a mystery for scientists. Therefore, the flight of imagination not restrained with the opinion of experts in primitive life allows spectators to see whatsoever in these images: solar and lunar signs and even flying saucers.

Petroglyphs in Karelia - on the server of the Karelian Research Center of the Russian Academy of Science.

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Created: October 3, 2001. Last updated: October 6, 2009.
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