Older than Nasca Lines: the unexplained Geoglyphs of Torgay

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Also known as Ancient Geoglyphs of Kazakhstan, the Geoglyphs of Torgay are another proof that our ancestors made something that could only be seen from the skies.
Geoglyphs in the territory of Torgay were discovered in 2007 by studying satellite images available in Google Earth.
50 huge geoglyphs were discovered by archaeologists in 2007 and were revealed last year, but researchers still lack a explanation to who built the large-scale creations or why. It is – also – not possible to date the monument with available data. Some geoglyphs estimate it to date back 3,000 to 7,000 years.
The Kazakhstan geoglyphs, described at an archaeology conference in Istanbul and reported by Live Science last year, range in size from 90 to 400 meters (295 to 1,312 feet) across — longer than a commercial aircraft.
Researchers are hoping to marshal support for investigating the earthen mounds that make up figures like this one, the Big Ashutastinsky Cross.
FACING DESTRUCTION

As reported by Ancient Origins last year: “A protected designation may help preserve the ancient sites, and it seems to be sorely needed. In July it was reported by the International News Agency “Kazinform” that some of the unique glyphs had been irreparably destroyed by reconstruction of roads through the area.

The road reconstruction project was carried out in 2013, and it passed through the center of the Kazakh archaeological complex.”

But that’s not all:

Ancient geoglyphs are particularly vulnerable to damage. In 2014 Greenpeace environmental activists damaged the Nazca geoglyphs in Peru when they walked on the delicate archaeological site to install a huge cloth message urging the use of renewable energy. Squatters and animals also pose a major problem for Nazca conservationists.

Funding for research into the Torgay geoglyphs will be required if investigations and protections are to be accomplished what seems, according to Shalkar Adambekov, very difficult to happen without funding.

The Bestamskoe Ring is among the so-called Steppe Geoglyphs in Kazakhstan — at least 260 earthwork shapes made up of mounds, trenches and ramparts, the oldest estimated at 8,000 years old, recognizable only from the air.
The earthworks, including the Turgai Swastika, were spotted on Google Earth in 2007 by Dmitriy Dey, a Kazakh archaeology enthusiast.

 

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