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Petroglyphs on the eastern shore of Lake Onego

Petroglyphs on the eastern shore of Lake Onego are unique memorials of monument art of the late Stone Age (IV-II millennia B.C.).

Territory with the ancient rock-carved monuments stretches along almost 20 km of the shore occupying mainly the wateredges of promontories and shoreline curves and the neighbouring islets. Most of the figures are concentrated on three central promontories – Peri Nos, Besov Nos and Kladovets. Karetsky Nos located a little farther to the north from the point of the Cape of Peri Nos of is also rich in petroglyphs. Petroglyphs have been pecked, i.e. engraved into the rock surface by spot strokes of a stone. The average depth is 1-2 mm. We now know no less than 1200 figures on the shore of Lake Onego. The engravings generally perform birds, animals, people, boats and mysterious figures of circles, crescent-shaped amulets, etc.

This grouping of figures is a ready-made open-air museum located in one of the most picturesque places of the Rusian North. Smooth reddish rocks and sandy beaches, dunes and pines on the coast of the boundless blue lake amaze with their beauty and produce an indelible impression upon all visitors of these places.

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 7, 2009.
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