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Petrogliphs in Cholpon-Ata.


Petrogliphs are recognized as an important historical and cultural heritage. Efforts are underway to protect and preserve them – unfortunately, not all of them particularly successful.  One of the more accessible major sites of petrogliphs is at Cholpon-Ata where there are 40 acres littered with fine example. Unfortunately, some have been disfigured by the graffiti of more recent “artists”, but perhaps more worrying are reports that conservation work carries out in 2002 has resulted in the loss of many fine examples.

Some 70 large stones were treated as part of a project - but in the opinion of some specialists, the restoration work carried out was done hurriedly, without observing conservation rules, and resulted in the disastrous loss. The lichen on the surface of the stones was removed and this will accelerate the destruction of their upper layer. Conservation rules stipulate that experiments should be conducted over many years on stones not bearing petrogliphs, but on this occasion some of the stones with the most interesting pictures were treated without preliminary tests. Some times later the pictures grew dull. More work is being undertaken to remove the film covering the stones with solvents.

                        


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