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The Petroglyphs within the Archaeological Landscape of Tamgaly is a unique site located in the Zhetysu near Almaty, Kazakhstan. This cultural site was added to the UNESCO World Heritage list in 2004. Tamgaly is a popular tourist attraction that is home to around 5,000 petroglyphs. Most of the petroglyphs are found in the main canyon, but there are a large number in the side canyons as well. These rock etchings have been dated back to the Bronze Age and Iron Age, but some have been overlaid with Medieval or drawings from later periods. The name ‘Tamgaly’ means ‘painted or marked place’ in Kazakh. The petroglyphs found here include various drawings including animals, tribal dance, warriors on horses, sun-headed idols, women giving birth. hunting scenes, and more.