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A deer-stone of Mongolia

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Stele at the museum of the city of Tsetserleg, Mongolia. Photo J. Margail. From Magail, Jérôme, Les «Pierres à cerfs» de Mongolie (details below). Dim. 1,40 × 0.5 × 0,25 in.

Read these two articles by Jérôme Margail:

  • J. Margail, “Les «Pierres à cerfs» de Mongolie,” , vol. 60, pp. 172-180.
      author          = {Margail, Jérôme},
      title           = {Les «Pierres à cerfs» de Mongolie},
      journaltitle    = {Arts asiatiques},
      date            = {2005},
      editor          = {Guimet},
      journalsubtitle = {Revue du Musée national des Arts asiatiques},
      volume          = {60},
      pages           = {172--180},
      issn            = {0004-3958},
      url             = {},
      urldate         = {2016-08-17},
      file            = {JMagailMongolie2005ArtsAsiatiques60.pdf:media/trismegisto/Vitamin/Documents/Bibliography/JMagailMongolie2005ArtsAsiatiques60.pdf:PDF},
      owner           = {trismegisto},
      timestamp       = {2016-08-17},
  • J. Margail, “Tsatsiin Ereg, site majeur du début du Ier millénaire en Mongolie,” , vol. 48, pp. 107-120.
      author       = {Margail, Jérôme},
      title        = {Tsatsiin Ereg, site majeur du début du Ier millénaire en Mongolie},
      journaltitle = {Bulletin du Musée d’Anthropologie préhistorique de Monaco},
      date         = {2008},
      volume       = {48},
      pages        = {107-120},
      issn         = {0544-7631},
      url          = {},
      urldate      = {2016-08-17},
      file         = {JMagailMongolie2008Bull48.pdf:media/trismegisto/Vitamin/Documents/Bibliography/JMagailMongolie2008Bull48.pdf:PDF},
      owner        = {trismegisto},
      timestamp    = {2016-08-17},

At the Tsatsiin Ereg site situated in Mongolia’s center, 40 km from the town of Tsetserleg more than 26 deer stones and several hundreds petroglyphs have been discovered for three campaigns. Many of these iconographies are in a funerary and ritual context near burials of the rst nomadic tribes. About 1000 years BC Tsatsiin Ereg was a necropolis with four monumental aristocratic tombs.

A general comment:

Deer stones (also known as reindeer stones) are ancient megaliths carved with symbols found largely in Siberia and Mongolia. The name comes from their carved depictions of flying deer. There are many theories to the reasons behind their existence and the people who made them.

(…) Archaeologists have found over 900 deer stones in Central Asia and South Siberia.[5] Similar images are found in a wider area, as far west as Kuban, Russia; the Southern Bug in the Ukraine; Dobruja, Bulgaria; and the Elbe, which flows through the Czech Republic and Germany.[6]

They are an enormous and fascinating subject. Let’s compare with petroglyphs, etc. from elsewhere. See the orbs with rays and deers with overgrown or otherwise exuberant horns:

Here’s a flickr group with some 1500 photos of them:

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