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Bull geoglyph twice as old as Nazca Lines (Peru), predating Uffington Horse (UK) found in Siberia

By Anna Liesowska, Svetlana Skarbo
22 September 2021

Pebble and sandstone bull 3 by 4 metres is the first animal geoglyph discovered in this part of the world.

The stone bull was part of an Early Bronze Era burial more than 4,000 years ago, making the geoglyth one thousand years older than England’s chalk-cut White Horse, and twice as old as the Nazca Lines in Peru. Picture: The Siberian Times 

The discovery was made close to the village of Khondergey in the south-west of the Republic of Tuva, close to Russia’s border with Mongolia. 

The stone bull was part of an Early Bronze Era burial more than 4,000 years ago, making the geoglyth one thousand years older than England’s chalk-cut White Horse, and twice as old as the Nazca Lines in Peru. 

Only the backside of the bull with the hind legs and a tail was preserved, the front part was unwittingly destroyed in 1940s by road construction. 

This is the first such discovery not only for the Republic of Tuva, but across Central Asia.

Bull geoglyph twice as old as Nazca Lines (Chile) and predating Uffington Horse (UK) discovered in Siberia


Bull geoglyph twice as old as Nazca Lines (Chile) and predating Uffington Horse (UK) discovered in Siberia


Bull geoglyph twice as old as Nazca Lines (Chile) and predating Uffington Horse (UK) discovered in Siberia
The stone bull was part of an Early Bronze Era burial more than 4,000 years ago, making the geoglyth one thousand years older than England’s chalk-cut White Horse, and twice as old as the Nazca Lines in Peru. Pictures: Institue of the History of Material Culture


‘The bull motif is very typical for the Central Asia cultures of the Early Bronze Era. Later in the Scythian times bulls were replaced by deers.

'We do see bulls as petroglyphs around Tuva and the neighbouring territories - but coming across the animal geoglyph is a unique discovery for the whole region of Central Asia. We didn’t previously find such stone compositions’, said head of Tuva Archaeological Expedition, Marina Kilunovskaya. 

The expedition united archaeologists from the St Petersburg-based Institute of the History of Material Culture, Russian Academy of Sciences, Krasnoyarsk and the Republic of Tuva. 

Members of the expedition hope that the unique bull will be preserved as part of a protected site.

Pebble and sandstone bull 3 by 4 metres is the first animal geoglyph found in this part of the world. Pictures: Institute of the history of Material Culture, Russian Academy of SciencesBull geoglyph twice as old as Nazca Lines (Chile) and predating Uffington Horse (UK) discovered in Siberia


Bull geoglyph twice as old as Nazca Lines (Chile) and predating Uffington Horse (UK) discovered in Siberia


Bull geoglyph twice as old as Nazca Lines (Chile) and predating Uffington Horse (UK) discovered in Siberia


Bull geoglyph twice as old as Nazca Lines (Chile) and predating Uffington Horse (UK) discovered in Siberia

Comments (2)

Gigantic skeleton of a "transition auroch" to agricultural ones (see mammoth size vs. elephant, it's intermediary) with actually good datation, not Nazca-style geoglyph but "glyth" i.e. the resurfacing of an actual skeleton isn't it ?
An auroch this size 6000 years ago there is certain.
Florent Pirot, France
04/10/2021 03:17
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I'm delighted to see this. Multi spectral scanning of the site could possibly recover the lost portions of the bull outline.
Gordon Cooper, Bremerton, WA USA
29/09/2021 03:32
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