Deer Stones

Deer Stones

 

(in Russian, olennye kamni), the name given to stones having ancient carved pictures—usually of deer, elk, other animals, or weapons—found in the steppe and forest-steppe regions of southern Siberia. The stones date from the first millennium B.C. Like other petroglyphs, the representations on the deer stones appear to have been of magical significance.

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The deer stones are thought to represent a human male figure, and they vary according to region--the east-facing stones decorated with jewelry, a belt, and three slashes representing a face are found in the Altai region, while the more famous examples wrapped in highly stylized stag images are found in Mongolia.
Their territory lies in a part of northern Mongolia dotted with what anthropologists call deer stones.
Consider Mongolian deer stones, which are 2,000 to 3,000 years old.