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One of these magical remote sites in Armenia, Mount Ukhtasar of Ughtasar, near the city of Sisian at more than 3000 m asl offers not only wonderfull landscapes, but on the stones on the foreground are several thousands of petroglyphs (carvings in stone) representing animals, humans and more abstract or unclear forms. They are believed to date back 4000 to 7000 years. To reach the site you need a guide, a good russian willys jeep (UAZ) and a bit of luck with the weather (it can only be reached in the summer months). Cattle or sheep can not survive at this altitude, and as this was most probably also the case in the ages where the drawings were made, it is believed that at the period creating the works it was just a site of worship, only visited for special occasions in summer.
The name of the mountain means "camel mountain" but - according to our guide - another translation of the name would be "wish mountain", quite appropriate also.

An more detailed image in a future post. (specially for Sayat...)- see other post on TE: http://www.trekearth.com/viewphotos.php?l=3&p=602276

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