Semirechye has about 50 examples of rock drawings, or petroglyphs, most dating back to the
Archaeological curiosities can be found near the ancient drawings: settlements,
burial grounds, religious structures and altars.
At the end of the 1950s a unique sanctuary with rock drawings was found in the Tamgaly tract,
in the Anrakhai mountains (170 km north-west of Almaty).
The Tamgaly gallery of drawings reflects several periods of history, possibly more than
Over 4,000 drawings were discovered, dating back to the Bronze Age, the early nomadic era and
the Turkic period.
The open-air galleryincludes images of sun-headed gods, hunting scenes, ritual drawings,
animal sacrifices, compositions depicting people and animals, female forms, archers and