Azerbaidzhan. Situated to the south from Baku between the south-
eastern slope of the Great Caucasian Range and the Caspian Sea, there lies a small plain Gobustan (a
country of ravines) with tablelands of Beyuk-dash, Kichik-dash, Djinghir-dash and Yazyly-Tepe
consisted of limestone and other sedimentary rocks. There are numerous petroglyphs date to
different periods on the rocks of these mountains. Professor Iskhak Jafarzade the majority of them in
1939. The results of his long investigations are published in an album-monograph in 1973. J.N.
Rustamov and F.M.Muradova continue these studies.The most interesting and known are the large
(more than 1 m) depictions of male and female figures, made with deep, carved lines. A.D.Stolyarov
and A.A.Formozov think, they are dated to the Mesolithic period. The dating is proved by the fact that
some depictions are overlapped with cultural deposits, Late-Mesolithic ones among them. There are
many depictions of animals: bulls, deer , predators and even reptiles and insects.