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Cave drawings found near Yakutsk

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For the first time in the history of Yakutia, scribes of ancient people were found in the Tuymaada Valley near Yakutsk. Scientists suggest that the drawings were painted with ocher 1-2 thousand years ago BC.

It was believed that there was no carving in the territory of the three Yakutian valleys. This assumption was denied by Ruslan Kirillin, an employee of Institute of Biological Problems of the Cryolithozone of Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, who accidentally stumbled upon a "painted remains" while hunting.

He took pictures of the rock, which depicted seven anthropomorphic figures. There was a praying person and a shaman with a drum. The scientist sent pictures to his friend, a senior associate of the Department of Archeology and Ethnography of Institute of Humanitarian Studies and Problems of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Viktor Dyakonov.

According to him, not only people, but deities can be depicted on the remnant. "The ancient people revered the stone remains as a reservoir of the local spirits - they believed that these spirits are in the rock," he said.

Dyakonov determined that the images refer to the Ust-Mil'skaya or Belkachin culture, this means that the drawings were painted about 1-2 thousand years ago BC.

Now scientists are working on studying and deciphering the ancient message which can tell about the way of life and beliefs of ancient people.