An expert in petroglyphs said that he had found traces of the ancient Turks who visited Mongolia through a petroglyph dating back 15,000 years.
The Gobi (from Mongolian gobi, meaning “waterless place”) is the world’s sixth-largest desert but this region consists in fact much more of bare rock than sand.
Semih Güneri, a Professor from Dokuz Eylül University, and his team have announced the discovery of cave paintings that have not yet been dated, but the researchers suggest this ancient art was created by Turks.
“We have samples from very early eras. The results may surprise all of us as we know that there were ethnic groups in the area speaking Turkish,” Professor Güneri said.
“The regions where we made archaeological excavations [in the last two years] are rural areas. So we cannot estimate the results of the research for now,” he said. “We recorded what we have found out and will record [as we find more.] We digitalized the photos we have taken. Now we will make geological datings and find the exact dates of the petroglyphs.”
“According to Güneri, the results can be “astonishing,” as the petroglyphs may be from a time before 15,000 years ago. “Any such result would surprise us and make us happy.”
Professor Güneri says he is confident that more petroglyphs made by the ancient Turkish culture can eventually be uncovered in the desert.
The painting is a vestige left over from ancient times. Mark the life and daily activities of ancient people. There are many mysteries waiting for us to discover in the Gabi desert.