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|Description ||Compass Stone at the Mountain Besh Barmak.|
This multi channeled stone is extremely intricate and has many similar features to oriented rock art that I have come across elsewhere in Azerbaijan.
( Ref http://azer.com/aiweb/categories/magazine/ai143_folder/143_articles/143_mt_index.html).
Because of its location, due west of an imposing rock crag called Besh Barmak, or Five fingered mountain which sits at the very end of the Caucasus mountain range I believe the site has ancient astronomical importance. The deepest channel runs through the central bowl or bullaun in a NW-SE direction, which is the orientation of the Caucasus mountain range. Coincidence??
This newly discovered ancient monument needs to be examined by archaeo astronomers to determine its significance and protected. I would welcome any comments on its features and information on any similar carvings from elsewhere.
Besh Barmak even today is considered a holy place and has numerous pilgrims and with many archaeological aspects of interest including numerous burial mounds is a potentially significant archeo site.
Location N 40 deg, 57 min, 22.8 sec, E 49 deg, 12 min, 51.9 sec
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