Why The Archaeological Sites In Mongolia Need To Be Protected
As you poise yourself on the top of Baga Gazriin Chullu, the colossus granite mountain ridge standing high and mighty, overlooking a panoramic landscape, you would take a deep breath on witnessing the barrenness of the surroundings. Stretches of land run uninterrupted in a strange monotone, only to be trespassed by the small arched tents or ‘gers’, of the nomadic Kazakhs. The tents from atop would look like white spots, as if splashed by the brush of the divine artist on an empty canvass. A strange sense of primitivism, echoing back to almost a distant historic past that pervades all through the region would imperceptibly bring your sense of time’s chronology to a halt. As if indifferent to the clock’s ticking, history has wilfully restored itself in the crevices of the landscape and the cultural heritage of the Mongolians. The historic past will palpably seep through your senses as you tour across the archaeological sites of Mongolia.
Baga Gaziin Chullu is noted for the nomadic settlements in Mongolia since long, almost for about 4000 years. It is only in and around the largest city in Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar that the private settlements of the nomads are noted. The site is also noted for its archaeological remains. The ancestral territories and the ethnic identity of the Mongolians bear testimony to the socio cultural lineage of pre-colonial societies.
The Altai Mountains of Mongolia deserves mention for its rich reserve of archaeological remains that highlight prehistoric connections with the Iron Age or the Scythian period. The Scythian burial zones and complexes, in this context are of extreme import. The style and design of these prehistoric burial mounds, known as ‘kurgans’ establish the aestheticism of Scythian craftsmanship. The patterns of these artefacts carry proof of ancient Persian, Greek and Chinese lineage. These artefacts although bear the weight of the past are strikingly eloquent in the way they narrate about the socio cultural traditions and lifestyle of the Scythians and the Pazyryks.
The Mongolian Altai, through its monuments, archaeological remains, and landscape and heritage sites highlights a strange diversity that was brought to the region as a result of cultural confluence in different time periods of history, time and again. The artefacts and the archaeological sites in Mongolia bear testimony to the socio economic, political, legal and cultural links that the Mongols had with the Huns, the Turks, and the people of Uighur. Thus it deserves no mention that Mongolia boasts of a unique and an enriched cultural landscape and heritage that cannot but enthrall and enchant a wanderer. Being a travel freak, missing a lifetime visit to Mongolia would in later on churn up regrets undoubtedly. That too when you have at your service Maral Expedition, taking care of everything from the scratch- from the inception of the journey, to planning its itinerary, framing the budget and making the arrangements. And all this will be done, keeping your preferences in mind. We assure you to give our best services as a trip advisor and your trustworthy travel companion.
FEB 20 / 2018

Text author: HatenaBolg
Photography: Altankhuyag.O