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Turkish Carpetstone (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.


Taken at Latitude/Longitude:47.517375/109.544428. 6.03 km East Jargalthaan Hentiy Mongolia (Map link)

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Taken on June 27, 2009