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Remains of Turkish Clan Temples (300AD-600AD)


Jargalaantkhaan Sum

Khenteii Aimag



Turkish Manstones and their associated Clan Temples are usually sited on either S, SW or SE facing ridges or in the N slopes of very broad E-W running valleys. The goal was for the stone to be visible from as broad a region as possible (usually at least 15km in every direction). As here, they often have associated large slabs carved in a carpet pattern "carpetstones" which were either the walls of a subterranean tomb or offering chamber or of an above-ground offering site or altar. Many, but not all manstones are associated with "balbal" lines of smallish (~1 m) unworked standing stones stretching to the south. This example either lacked them or has failed to preserve them.


Many manstones are associated with multiple raised platforms and enclosures (as here) and with additional standing stones, both worked and unworked (which have not survived here).


Much more of the surrounding enclosure/temple complex survives in this case than usual.


Taken at Latitude/Longitude:47.517377/109.544488. 6.04 km East Jargalthaan Hentiy Mongolia (Map link)

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Taken on June 27, 2009