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  • Palaeolithic : Cave Paintings

     

    CAVE (Shulgan-Tash). As in many other similar cases the cave itself was known for a very long time. In 1760 it was already described by P.I.Rychkov in one of his historic-geographical works about Priuralje. As V.I. Dal' noticed, many local traditions and legends are connected with the cave. But the archaeologists paid attention to the cave only after 1959, when A.V.Ryumin had discovered palaeolithic paintings on its walls. Mammoths, rhinos, a bison and horses are easily recognized among them. The first investigations of the paintings were carried out by O.N.Bader, who established that they are dated to the last period of the Upper Palaeolithic.

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